The Chiefs, taking full advantage of their opportunity to be first to claim players off waivers by virtue of their 2-14 record of a year ago, were busy on Sunday.
Less than 24 hours after the NFL-mandated, regular-season roster reduction, the Chiefs claimed seven players and waived six players, bringing them to the limit of 53 players on the active roster.
The Chiefs waived tight end Kevin Brock, cornerback Jalil Brown, linebacker Zac Diles, wide receiver Devon Wylie, former Kansas safety Bradley McDougald and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe. All were at practice on Sunday morning but got the word later in the day.
Chiefs Roster Forms, Goals Stay Same from The Mothership
It's definitely a bittersweet weekend as the Kansas City Chiefs are busy making moves to form the best possible roster for 2013. Amidst the moves, the team returned to practice this morning, inside the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. After practice, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met with the media and addressed the team's recent moves.
Chiefs Announce Roster Transactions from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs announced several roster transactions on Sunday, including the claiming of seven players of waivers: CB
Marcus Cooper, WR Chad Hall, DT Jaye Howard, TE Sean McGrath, LB James-Michael Johnson, LB Dezman Moses and CB Ron Parker.
Additionally, the team has waived/released the following six players: TE Kevin Brock, CB Jalil Brown, LB Zac Diles, S Bradley McDougald, DT Jerrell Powe and WR Devon Wylie.
So on Saturday, after surviving the length of the preseason, Martin went to a local 24 Hour Fitness with fellow rookie Mike Catapano, another Ivy League product, and hoped to sweat out some nervous energy. As the afternoon faded into evening, Martin kept checking his phone. The phone never buzzed, and the cut deadline passed, but Martin held his emotions in check What if the "cut" call was just late?
"Then I received a phone call from (Chiefs general manager) John Dorsey saying that I'd made it," Martin said. "And that was kind of a big exhale, a sigh of relief at that point."
As the Chiefs trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit on Saturday night - and continued shaping it with more deals on Sunday - Martin's inclusion was perhaps the most surprising development.
KCChiefs.com Video: Andy Reid Post Practice Comments
Chiefs' New Brain-Trust Putting Stamp On Roster from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The phrase was "finding the right 53," the promise that former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli made when he arrive in Kansas City. It didn't always mean the strongest player, or the fastest player. But it meant that Pioli wanted to find the right mix of players to populate the locker room.
He never managed to do it, either. That's why he was shown the door.
Now, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are assembling what they believe is the right 53, and they made a slew of transactions on Sunday in pursuit of it.
What To Make Of Latest Chiefs Moves from ESPN
It has to be a little bit troubling the Chiefs thought so little of six players at the bottom of their roster that they felt like a change was necessary. That's generally not how playoff contenders act as the start of the regular season nears.
But applaud the willingness of general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid to churn the bottom of the roster in search of better developmental prospects.
Breaking Down The Roster: Chiefs Defense from ESPN
The nose tackle, Poe in particular played well during the preseason and could be primed to make a big jump this year. If so, the Chiefs will have a good chance to make their new defensive system work. Depth is an issue. Bailey is mainly a situational pass-rusher while Powe and Toribio have little experience.
The Chiefs kept Gray instead of their other running back candidate, Shaun Draughn, because Gray is better as a pass-protector and receiver. The Chiefs don't need another back to run the ball. They have Jamaal Charles and rookie Knile Davis for that.
Former San Francisco 49ers Backup QB Scott Tolzien To Join Green Bay Packers, Report Says from The San Jose Mercury News
Receiver Chad Hall was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN contributor Adam Kaplan. The Bee reported that the Chiefs also claimed cornerback Marcus Cooper, adding to Kansas City's growing stable of former 49ers.
Couch Slouch NFL Teams Of Destiny: Dallas Cowboys And Kansas City Chiefs from The Washington Post
For those of you unfamiliar with the somewhat checkered Team of Destiny program, this is where I pick a team or teams that have been mired in serial failure and project them to make the Super Bowl. Sadly, as my marital record has improved in recent autumns, my Team of Destiny record has imploded.
Jim Krumel: This Labor Day: What We Want, What We Do from LimaOhio.com
Jim Lynch will become the first Lima Central Catholic football player to have his number (17) retired. The 1963 LCC graduate played 11 seasons as linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, earning a Super Bowl ring in 1970.
BamaHammer Players Champion: Derrick Thomas from BamaHammers
Derrick Thomas has not made the NFL Hall of Fame, but the late great linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide and Kansas City Chiefs now has another honor to his name.
The readers of BamaHammer have voted Thomas the greatest Alabama football player of all time, advancing him past Barrett Jones in the finals of our summer-long tournament.