The Kansas City Chiefs, who currently have 90 players on the roster, will cut 15 players by Tuesday afternoon to get down to the 75-man roster limit. Four days later, on Saturday, the Chiefs will cut 22 more players to get down to the 53-man roster limit.
This is a difficult time for the front office, coaches and players. Not only do front office men and coaches have to work the long hours to determine their cut list, hoping they're making the right decisions, but they also have to be the ones to tell some of the players that their NFL dream is likely over.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey joined the broadcast booth during Saturday's Chiefs-Steelers game and was asked about roster cuts, which are coming soon.
"To me," Dorsey said, "it's one of the most emotional, hard times during the football season. When you have to cut down form 75 to 53 ... these guys have given the sweat equity during training camp. What I want to do is handle this as dignified as I can because it's a hard process to go through."
That's a good attitude.
Dorsey went on to say that the personnel staff will collect those 15 players who are going to be cut -- the guy doing the collecting is called "The Turk" -- and they'll bring them to the facility. "We'll sit down and talk with them and then the position coaches will talk with them as well," Dorsey said.
This won't be easy. You become attached to certain players and it will be hard to cut them. Other players you know that when you cut them you are ending their NFL dream. And if there's a surprise cut or two the Chiefs could have an angry player or two.
We'll be tracking all the cuts leading up to Tuesday 4 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) deadline.