Defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches is no longer a Kansas City Chief, according to a video he posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday.
Want to thank the Chiefs organizations for everything they’ve done for my family and me! Always love pic.twitter.com/lquH9U28sy— Rakeem Nuñez-Roches (@RakeemNunez) May 8, 2018
“I just want to thank the Chiefs organization for everything they did for my family,” Nunez-Roches says in the video. “I really appreciate it, but now it’s time to move on. Hey, it’s a bitter moment, but good things come in hard times, you know what I’m saying?”
An emotional Nunez-Roches took the video outside the Chiefs practice facility.
The Chiefs drafted Nunez-Roches, 24, in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 217th overall pick. Nunez-Roches appeared in 34 games with 16 starts, compiling 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks in three seasons with the Chiefs.
Though his Chiefs tenure was short-lived, no one in recent memory loved being a Chief as much as Nunez-Roches, nicknamed “Nacho” by his teammates. Earlier this offseason, Nunez-Roches could be seen wearing a Chiefs basketball jersey he likely designed himself.
In mid-March, the Chiefs placed an original-round tender on Nunez-Roches.
With all of the defensive picks the Chiefs made in the NFL Draft, keeping Nunez-Roches on the roster apparently was not in the plans. Nunez-Roches was due to make $1.907 million for the 2018 season, according to Spotrac.
That figure now comes off the Chiefs’ books.
UPDATE (10:13 a.m. Arrowhead Time)
Nunez-Roches was indeed released by the team, per Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.
The Chiefs have indeed released Rakeem Nunez-Roches. FYI, hearing it was purely a cap move; was due $1.9 million as a backup— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 8, 2018