We've said before that it's usually a good thing if your team's NFL roster cuts are difficult to figure out because that usually means you're getting better players that are becoming harder to cut.
That's the case with the Kansas City Chiefs as we get closer to the Aug. 30 deadline to cut down to 80 players, and then the Sept. 3 deadline to get down to 53 players.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Chiefs coach Todd Haley indicated the same thing -- roster cuts are getting harder. Via KCChiefs.com:
"I think it'll be as difficult as ever. It's never an easy thing, and the harder it is, the better it is, I think. For us as coaches and as an organization, we kind of feel that way, that when those decisions get more and more difficult - they're always difficult from the standpoint of you've got guys that aren't going to be here and have put a lot into it - but when they're more difficult from a decision-making standpoint, that's good for us."
It's very good. The Chiefs have the majority of their starters set but they've added some decent depth with a solid 2010 draft and what we think is a decent 2011 draft. That's 16 new players on the team in the last two years, from the draft alone.
There's a lot of strategy involved in NFL roster cuts. The Chiefs have to fill out an eight-man practice squad and they'll release some of the guys currently on the team hoping they clear waivers so they can be re-signed to the Chiefs practice squad. They'll also be weighing their roster cuts as the rest of the league is doing the same making even more players available.
The initial wave of free agency is over but we'll see another wave coming in a couple weeks where the Chiefs will undoubtedly add more players.