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Tony Moeaki released by Kansas City Chiefs

Tony Moeaki, who is out without a fractured shoulder, tweeted his goodbye to the Kansas City Chiefs, who have released him as part of their roster cuts on Saturday. With the release of Marcus Dixon, the Chiefs roster is now down to 73 players.


The Tony Moeaki era is over.

A third round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Moeaki fractured his shoulder last week. That is a long-term injury so he and the Chiefs have parted ways. It's not clear the terms of the release. It's possible he was waived / injured which means if he clears waivers he would be revert to the Chiefs IR list. The problem with claiming Moeaki is that he's in the final year of his deal and expected to miss an extended amount of time with his injury.

The Moeaki era has been up and down over the last three-plus years. When healthy Moeaki has proven he can be a good contributor to the offense. Unfortunately, injuries have slowed down his progress considerably. In 2011 he missed the entire season with a torn ACL.

This puts the Chiefs in a tough spot at tight end. Anthony Fasano is the starter and Travis Kelce, who has been hurt recently, is behind him. Do they keep just two tight ends, and roll the dice on Kelce staying healthy? Or do they keep Demetrius Harris or Kevin Brock?

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