The Chiefs have made their cuts official:
Waived/Released: Jeff Allen, Dino Boyd, Jamal Custis, Rashad Davis, Raymond Davison, Hunter Dimick, Jody Fortson, Jack Fox, Manasseh Garner, Zach Golditch, Justin Hamilton, D’Juan Hines, Harold Jones-Quartey, Nick Keizer, Chase Litton, Marcus Marshall, Rob McCray, Kahlil McKenize, Herb Miller, Dakari Monroe, Pace Murphy, Jimmy Murray, Chidi Okeke, Kyle Shurmur, Andrew Soroh, Cody Thompson, Jalen Tolliver, D’Montre Wade, Cavon Walker
Waived/injured: Felton Davis, Michael Hunter
Injured Reserve (ending season): Gehrig Dieter, Breeland Speaks
Non-Football Injury list: Darius Harris
Suspended List: Mo Claiborne, De’Anthony Thomas
Acquired: Martinas Rankin
Here were our updates from throughout the day before the official announcement:
- CB Mark Fields (traded to Vikings for ‘21 seventh-rounder; more information below)
- RB Carlos Hyde (traded to Texans for OL Martinas Rankin; more information below)
- DB Monroe (per Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest)
- CB Morris Claiborne (will be) moved to suspension list
- WR Cody Thompson (per Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports); WR Byron Pringle has made the roster, per Nate Taylor of The Athletic.
- TE Nick Keizer (per Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest); The Athletic’s Nate Taylor is reporting that the three tight ends on the Chiefs’ initial roster will be Travis Kelce, Blake Bell and Deon Yelder.
- DT Cavon Walker (per Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune)
- CB Herb Miller (per Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest)
- OL Kahlil McKenzie (per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport)
- OL Jimmy Murray (per Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest)
- CB D’Montre Wade (per Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star)
- DL Justin Hamilton (per Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest); Derrick says that DL Joey Ivie won the job
- OL Dino Boyd (per Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest)
Chiefs trade running back Carlos Hyde to the Texans
The Chiefs found a trade partner for running back Carlos Hyde, who was not going to make the team’s roster, per friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports. It’s the Houston Texans, who recently lost their starter, Lamar Miller, for the season due to injury.
The Chiefs receive second-year offensive lineman Martinas Rankin back in a one-for-one trade. Here is a good writeup on Rankin from our sister site, Battle Red Blog.
New #Chiefs Addition— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) August 31, 2019
OT Martinas Rankin
2018 80th Overall Pick
Acquired in trade for RB Carlos Hyde
2017 at Mississippi St
-63.0 Pass Block
-69.7 Run Block
2018 with the Texans
-45.2 Pass Block
-46.0 Run Block#ChiefsKingdom
Bill O'Brien running unchecked means the Chiefs get rid of a RB they might have cut for three years of control of a versatile recent 3rd round pick.— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) August 31, 2019
The trade of Hyde also saves the Chiefs approximately $1.2m in cap space.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) August 31, 2019
Had Martinas Rankin 75th in the 2018 class. Positional versatility. Moves well. Should be successful in zone scheme.— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) August 31, 2019
Coming out I thought he struggled to anchor. Inconsistent balance. Lunged too often. Inconsistent hands.
Excellent move to trade Hyde for him.
Chiefs new OL -- Houston was planning to cut him, KC jumped the waiver wire by trading Hyde. https://t.co/D8Rdrs33pH— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) August 31, 2019
Trading a RB you were certainly going to cut for a former 2018 third-rounder seems like an easy, easy W no matter how this plays out. https://t.co/4iHb04YlQB— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 31, 2019
Chiefs trade cornerback Mark Fields to the Vikings
The Chiefs have traded cornerback Mark Fields to the Minnesota Vikings (as first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero) for a 2021 conditional seventh-round draft pick, according to ESPN Vikings insider Courtney Cronin.
The conditional part of the compensation is key. That likely means that Fields will have to be active for a number of Vikings games for the Chiefs to get the pick.
I’m hcwry surprised someone made a move for Fields after this PS— Matt Lane (@ChiefinCarolina) August 31, 2019
But good to get something out of his physical talent https://t.co/Q9hCwhKwrK
The Vikings trading for a talented CB with off-field issues? You don't say...— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) August 31, 2019
Good for Veach for getting something after Fields' preseason. https://t.co/LOIs7Yxtqr
From Todd McShay’s lips to your ears https://t.co/QmzEl7R23S— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 31, 2019
Fields wasn’t going to be an improvement here. High side on athletic ability but he saved his worst performance for when it mattered. Long way to go in zone coverage and mentality. There’s going to be a lot of corners on the market. Let it play out. The weekend is young. https://t.co/ShlYKEnfFN— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 31, 2019
The move here for the Vikings is adding some outside/slot depth at cornerback. The inconsistency among the group Minnesota has currently inevitably led the personnel dept to look outside its preseason crop. Andy Reid was apparently 'animated' in the Chiefs preseason finale at— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) August 31, 2019
The Vikings sent a 7th round pick in 2021 to Kansas City in exchange for UDFA cornerback Mark Fields— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) August 31, 2019
Former Eagles and Bills running back LeSean McCoy is now available
ESPN insider Adam Schefter was the first to report that the Buffalo Bills have released running back LeSean McCoy. Media members immediately began to draw connections to the Chiefs, as Andy Reid drafted him as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2009. Pro Football Talk has said to watch out for the “Houston Texans, LA Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Chiefs, and maybe the Oakland Raiders.”
Connecting dots from afar, I wonder what Andy Reid thinks of the Bills releasing RB LeSean McCoy, who once said after they went their separate ways that "Coach Reid is like family to me.” Don't the Chiefs need some help at RB? pic.twitter.com/9LgbdplZX9— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 31, 2019
LeSean McCoy, 2019 Chiefs rushing leader— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) August 31, 2019
For those asking about McCoy. He has some burst left. Not top end burst but still runs hard between the tackles. Polished as a runner and willing to pass protect, would also be familiar with the scheme. Good change of pace.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 31, 2019
Brett Veach has always been high on LeSean McCoy. https://t.co/mj1Za49PEU— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) August 31, 2019
Re: the #Chiefs potentially going after LeSean McCoy... pic.twitter.com/RPatUWdpqW— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 31, 2019
The Seahawks are trading for Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney
Seattle Times writer Bob Condotta was first on the news Saturday morning, saying that the Seattle Seahawks are interested in acquiring Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans reached out to the Chiefs about Clowney earlier this year but the Chiefs preferred Frank Clark.
Scoopage: SEA & HOU have agreed to trade parameters re: Jadeveon Clowney contingent upon Clowney & other players involved passing physicals. Still lot of moving parts but believed Clowney, who rejected going to Miami at first, is headed for his physical with Hawks. @NFLONFOX— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 31, 2019
Trade terms, per sources ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 31, 2019
Seahawks get: DE Jadeveon Clowney
Texans get: 2020 third-round pick, DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LB Jacob Martin
My guy @TerezPaylor reported in April the Texans reached out to #Chiefs about Clowney, but Frank Clark was their guy. So Clowney should go to the #Seahawks — who choose him over Clark. This little Chiefs-Seahawks thing is now a little more interesting than crowd volume. https://t.co/oj6r2ZwRwj— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) August 31, 2019
The #Seahawks acquire Jadeveon Clowney on a fully guaranteed $15.9M franchise tag. He replaces Frank Clark, who scored $43M fully guaranteed at signing from the #Chiefs.— Spotrac (@spotrac) August 31, 2019
Clark is the more complete player. Clowney needs to be in a system where is apart of the club versus a leader of the pack. Clark is a leader of the pack and takes pride in it. https://t.co/fki3Jmd7uv— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 31, 2019
If Clowney leaves Seattle after this season, they'll get a compensatory pick, essentially trading two backup linebackers for a year of an elite pass-rusher and moving down a handful of draft slots. Which is a pretty nice trade.— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) August 31, 2019
Feels simple.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) August 31, 2019
Don’t have to sign Clowney long-term. Can franchise him/trade him next offseason for a bigger return.
So, in total:
Get:Clowney (+ cap flexibility) + 1st + 2nd
Give: Clark, two linebackers & a 3rd
That’s a good deal.