The KC Chiefs release of third round pick corner KeiVarae Russell was a surprising one. Everyone is looking for the reason why. The Chiefs say it was a football decision so there might not be a juicy backstory to this.
There are a couple ways to look at this.
On the one hand, I love that the Chiefs can admit their mistakes. If GM John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid can tell from this early on that it’s not going to work, forget your ego and cut your draft pick. Who cares what others say? Dorsey has job security. In some ways, I can respect this move.
On the other hand, this is a third round pick. This isn’t a sixth round fullback or a fifth round quarterback who couldn’t crack your top three quarterbacks. Third round picks are often starters. These are key players, the core of your team. Remember how angry we got when Goodell snuck into Arrowhead late one night and stole a third round pick like a thief? It’s a bad look for Dorsey and his evaluation of Russell. He flat out got this one wrong and it’s concerning.
Which one is it? Both?