"This was a mutual decision between us," Waters told The Kansas City Star on Thursday night. "We both felt the time was right. There's no ill will. There's no bad blood. I think it's a good move for both parties."
In a scene nearly identical to this time last year, the center of the Kansas City sporting world descended on St. Joseph again. The move into the dorms on the campus of Missouri Western State University started the Chiefs' preparations for a second straight summer up the road from Arrowhead Stadium.
I heard rumblings this summer that the Kansas City Chiefs would cut Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters and I've heard rumblings from scouts that his skills has eroded some.
But it did come as a bit of surprise to receive the email from the Chiefs that they cut Waters on Thursday. He was a bright light for the organization and the community. He was a classy player and a classy guy off the field.
Though it would be easy to suspect that Waters was targeted for his role on the NFLPA Executive Committee, both sides are saying it was mutual.
And so now Waters, who has given no indication of an intention to retire, will hit the market. He's a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All Pro.
Its doubtful Waters would have been in the type of condition that Todd Haley wants from his players and there isn't a lot of time to get there in the next six weeks before the season opener. Waters indicated that the decision on being removed from the Chiefs roster was a mutual call, and he also said he wants to continue his career. That wouldn't be a surprise, because there are teams where Waters could go and slowly get himself into shape to play and be a huge improvement over what's already there.
The Chiefs are correct in their choice to move on from here. They've drafted to be ready for this moment and have very impressive talent already in house with Asamoah and Rodney Hudson. Chiefs fans will be pleased by their new left guard, and it's important to remember that he learned behind the absolute best. If the Chiefs struggle in 2010 for some reason, it will not be because of a personnel move like this.
Thursday wasn't just move-in day for the Chiefs; it was catch-up day. A few hours after they set down their clothes, electronics and personal knickknacks, it was time to start work. At an evening meeting, players were scheduled, finally, to receive their 2011 playbooks.
"I mean it will be fast, yea I think it's going to be fast," OLB
Andy Studebaker predicted as he checked into Chiefs camp Thursday afternoon. "We don't have a ton of time here, I think three weeks, we've got a game in two weeks, there's going to be a lot of stuff that we've got to learn but carved out of that no two-a-days thing is a lot of meeting times, chances to get better, chances to do walkthroughs and teach."
Thomas Jones on his off-season...
"For me being an older guy, I had a lot of extra time with my trainer there in Miami, spent a lot of extra time with my family. Obviously it was an up and down situation as far as peoples jobs were concerned but at the same time, I just tried to make the most of it and enjoy my free time, spend time with family and working out."