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Chiefs Release Huard, Edwards and Merritt, Too

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Just a little bit we ago we learned that the Chiefs released veteran Patrick Surtain. We thought veteran Donnie Edwards might be close behind him.

Turns out it wasn't just Edwards that was cut.

The Chiefs released quarterback Damon Huard, cornerback Patrick Surtain and linebacker Donnie Edwards today. Also released was tight end Mike Merritt.

None of these moves are much of a surprise for those who have been following the Chiefs offseason.

  • Damon Huard was signed to a 3 year, $7.5 million contract extension by former GM Carl Peterson two seasons ago. (Interesting note about Huard from Rotoworld: "Turning 36, Huard could follow his younger brother Brock to TV." Brock and Damon? On TV?) He will immediately become a free agent and free to sign with any team.
  • Donnie Edwards was due $5 million in 2009 and his release will free up $4.5 million in salary cap space for the Chiefs. He will immediately become a free agent and free to sign with any team.
  • Michael Merritt, if you'll remember, brought us this great quote just a few short weeks ago: "All this for a little bit of weed?" You can figure out the rest. Because he's not a fully vested veteran (4 years of service), Merritt will have to pass through the waiver wire before he's free to sign with any team.

Over $10 million in cap space freed up today. Not bad at all, Mr. Pioli.