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Rakeem Nunez-Roches thanks Chiefs after team releases him Tuesday

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Defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches is no longer a Kansas City Chief, according to a video he posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday.

“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.

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