While we wait, here are five random things to remember about this weekend:
864 players are hitting the market. All 32 teams are cutting 27 players. That is a ridiculous amount of players that GM Scott Pioli and Co. need to comb through. The young guys (less than four years) will hit the waiver wire which means each team has a crack at signing them while the vested veterans will immediately become free agents.
Cutting players is not the only way to reach the roster limit. They can also put players on IR. The Chiefs don't talk about injuries so it seems every year we're surprised by a player that's put on IR. Something to keep in mind for those guys that haven't been practicing recently.
There will be trades, too
. And not just bottom-of-the-roster guys. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports Baltimore Ravens
LB Tavares Gooden
is on the trade block, with San Francisco as a possible landing spot. Some teams fall out of favor with a player even though he's still talented and some teams, like the Ravens, just have a lot of good players at one position.
Remember the practice squad.
The Chiefs will make their cuts this evening and then after some of these guys clear waivers they'll start creating an eight-man practice squad. It can be confusing but here are the practice squad rules
Keep an eye on offensive tackles. There just can't be anyway the Chiefs are happy with OT Barry Richardson's four-penalties-in-two-games performance. OT Jared Gaither hasn't demonstrated he'll be completely healthy so the Chiefs could use someone there.