Cut down day has been fun for KC Chiefs fans over the past few years as the Chiefs waited until the last minute to make their cuts, meaning we were debating the cuts all the way up until the deadline. That's not the case this year under GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs have made the majority of their roster cuts already, just one spot remains.
Tuesday, 3 p.m.: Chiefs roster must be at 75 players
Saturday, 5 p.m.: Chiefs roster must be at 53 players
*Both times Arrowhead Time
The Chiefs had 90 players on the roster after Saturday's game against Pittsburgh. On Sunday night they cut the following 14 players: CB Vince Agnew, QB Ricky Stanzi, DE Miguel Chavis, WR Terrance Copper, OL Ryan Durand, OL Hutch Eckerson, DB Otha Foster III, OL AJ Hawkins, DE Rob Lohr, CB Kamaal McIlwain, RB Jordan Roberts, WR Tyler Shoemaker, DB Neiko Thorpe and FB Braden Wilson.
Some of those guys could be back on the practice squad, which will be created on September 1 and include eight players. More on the practice squad rules here and see a Chiefs practice squad prediction here. Braden Wilson is the only draft pick (sixth) there. Terrance Copper is the one with the most NFL experience (10). Ricky Stanzi, obviously, is the biggest name.
Those 14 cuts mean the Chiefs roster is at 76 players as of this moment. They have one more move to make before 3 p.m. today. Remember, they just have to clear a roster spot so that doesn't necessarily mean cutting someone. It could mean putting someone on IR, such as Tony Moeaki, who injured his shoulder. That would eliminate his spot on the active roster, getting it down to 75 players. See the Chiefs options with Moeaki here.
Last week I listed 25 locks to make the roster and another 15 players who will probably make it. I combined those two lists and put it below, meaning this is a list of 40 Chiefs players who I think are safe.
QB: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray
RB: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster, AJ Jenkins
OL: Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Eric Fisher, Donald Stephenson, Jeff Allen, Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush, Geoff Schwartz
TE: Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce
DE: Tyson Jackson, Mike DeVito, Allen Bailey
NT: Dontari Poe
LB: Derrick Johnson, Nico Johnson, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Akeem Jordan, Frank Zombo, Edgar Jones
CB: Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson
S: Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah, Sanders Commings
ST: Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop, Thomas Gafford
I feel most vulnerable putting Frank Zombo and Edgar Jones in there, but they're the only outside linebacker depth right now. I have eight offensive linemen listed there, which might be all the linemen they keep. Seems like a lot but I just don't know who from that group is unlikely to make it. Safety is another interesting one. I feel somewhat confident that Lewis, Abdullah and Commings all make it. I think. AJ Jenkins has some money owed to him so I really, really doubt the Chiefs make that trade then cut him and cost themselves even more money than it would have cost to cut Jon Baldwin.
Let's say those players above are safe, and the Chiefs have 40 players who are likely to make the roster. That means there would be 35 more players competing for 13 roster spots.