The Kansas City Chiefs have reached an injury settlement with tight end Tony Moeaki, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. The move means Moeaki, the former third round choice, subject to waivers.
Moeaki fractured his shoulder during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the first of several hits to the Chiefs tight end depth, a position once regarded among the deepest on the team.
The shoulder fracture immediately placed concerns on Moeaki's long-term future with the Chiefs. The former Iowa Hawkeye is in the final year of his rookie deal, and with the recent selection of Travis Kelce in this year's NFL Draft and the signing of Anthony Fasano to a four-year deal, it was presumed this might be the final season for Moeaki in Kansas City. Now that has become the reality.
Moeaki can now be claimed by any other team in the NFL through the waiver process. When healthy, he is a solid all-around tight end who is a capable blocker and a definite weapon in the passing game. Unfortunately staying healthy has been Moeaki's primary issue.
If Moeaki can come back healthy from the shoulder fracture for a new team, it begs the question why the Chiefs did not find a way to get him on the field at Arrowhead. After all, a pass-catching tight end would look nice for an offense that could use a playmaker. The good news for the Chiefs is that Fasano had a nice first week back with the Chiefs against the Texans.
Moeaki finished his Chiefs career with 80 catches for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns in 29 career starts.