The Kansas City Chiefs cut ties with Pro Bowl guard, Brian Waters, on Thursday ending an 11-year career that was marked by several Pro Bowl appearances, three playoff games, and a refreshing candor when discussing life or football.
Also released on Thursday were CB Jackie Bates and WR Chris Chambers. Bates started one game in 2010 and appeared in one other. Chambers was claimed on waivers by the Chiefs midway through 2009 when he was released by the San Diego Chargers. Chiefs fans will remember that he had immediate impact just days after signing with the club, catching 3 passes for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With the signing of former Arizona Cardinal wide receiver, Steve Breaston, the release of Chambers was almost a foregone conclusion.
As was the release of Waters. When the lockout began in the NFL back in March, speculation began that Waters and former linebacker, Mike Vrabel, could be in danger of losing their jobs. Both players are older and had expensive contract. Vrabel took the decision out of the Chiefs hands when he retired to accept a coaching job with Ohio State University. Waters probably could guess that this would happen and afterwards, he sounded appreciative of his time in Kansas City.
“I’d like to thank the entire Chiefs organization, especially for giving me an opportunity as a young player when other teams wouldn’t” Waters said. “I’m grateful for the coaches, teammates and support staff who helped me become the player and man I am today. I’d also like to thank the fans of Kansas City who cheered us on. The Chiefs and I have mutually agreed on this decision and although I look forward to continuing my career, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kansas City.”
Chiefs sign 7 of 9 draft picks
As some old faces left Arrowhead for the last time, several new faces arrived. The Chiefs announced the signing of seven of their nine 2011 draft picks on Thursday.
2nd round (55th overall) – OL Rodney Hudson, Florida State: signed contract 7/28/11
3rd round (86th overall) – DL Allen Bailey, Miami: signed contract 7/28/11
4th round (118th overall) – DB Jalil Brown, Colorado: signed contract 7/28/11
5th round (135th overall) – QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa: signed contract 7/28/11
5th round (140th overall) – LB Gabe Miller, Oregon State: signed contract 7/28/11
6th round (199th overall) – DL Jerrell Powe, Mississippi: signed contract 7/28/11
7th round (223rd overall) – RB Shane Bannon, Yale: signed contract 7/28/11
1st round (26th overall) – WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
3rd round (70th overall) – LB Justin Houston, Georgia
The new collective bargaining agreement agreed on this week contains a rookie salary scale which gives players little leeway in negotiating their first contracts. Part of the reasoning behind it was to curtail skyrocketing rookie salaries of the last few years, and the other was to help clubs facilitate rookie signings and decrease the chances of long hold-outs that can sometimes sabotage a player’s entire rookie season.
There is little chance that Baldwin or Houston will miss much training camp, if any at all. In fact, the breakneck speed things are happening in the NFL this week, both players might be signed by the time you read this.
We can hope!
Chiefs release schedule for Training Camp
The Kansas City Chiefs released their training camp schedule on Thursday, one day before the team opens camp at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, MO.
Because the recently approved collective bargaining agreement between owners and players did away with the time-honored system of “two-a-day” practices, which coaches loved and players hated. The Chiefs will have, on most days, a “walkthrough” in the morning and a full practice in the afternoon.
Walkthroughs, to be blunt, will be boring for most fans to watch. In a walkthrough, players will be dressed in shorts and practice jerseys and no helmets. They will not participate in any contact drills. Unless you’re the most ardent fan, this will be like watching an exercise class at your local gym. Only with hairy guys.
Practices will be done in full pads and helmets and will contain contact drills. Also done by hairy guys.
Practice begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Click here to see the full schedule for training camp, including Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 6.
All training camp dates, times and practices are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors. Practices conducted indoors at Missouri Western State University are not open to the public. Fans are strongly encouraged to consult www.kcchiefs.com for the most up-to-date schedule information. Stay tuned for more special announcements regarding 2011 Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp presented by Heartland Health.
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