Welp, that didn’t take long.
After Miller was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Florida, many speculated that the Chiefs were likely to move on from him before the legal process worked itself out. When more details surfaced about the arrest, which included an allegation that Miller pulled his wife’s hair and shoved her, that speculation only increased.
And here we are.
Chiefs release DT Roy Miller following domestic battery arrest: https://t.co/ZVFV7DnqPa— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) November 13, 2017
As many expected, the Chiefs didn’t have an interest in retaining Miller’s services as he faced the legal process, and Andy Reid’s brief statement (basically that he’s released, they’re moving on and won’t talk about any more of it) gives me the impression that this was a decision made pretty much as soon as the arrest report came out.
The Chiefs didn’t take long to snag a replacement, either.
Source: the Chiefs are re-signing veteran DT Cam Thomas. He spent training camp with Kansas City. Size along the DL.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 13, 2017
As mentioned, Thomas spent training camp and preseason with the Chiefs. he’s a big presence along the line, but didn’t do a whole lot to flash during the preseason (though I personally liked his size and strength at the point of attack, but that’s a VERY anecdotal account).
None of this is really a surprise. Domestic violence allegations, especially ones that crop up DURING a player’s time with the team, are often followed by a quick release. It’ll be interesting to see if Miller catches on with another team looking to help the run defense, but my guess is this could be it for him given his lack of playing time this year combined with the climate in the NFL regarding domestic violence.