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Report: Chiefs release quarterback Kyle Shurmur

Kansas City says goodbye to Shurmur, leaving three quarterbacks on the 90-man roster.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are releasing quarterback Kyle Shurmur, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

Shurmur, 23, joined the Chiefs last April as an undrafted free agent. Shurmur spent much of the season on the practice squad but was added to the roster in late October to back up Matt Moore when Patrick Mahomes went down with a dislocated kneecap. Shurmur never saw game action.

Shurmur’s release leaves Mahomes, backup Chad Henne and Jordan Ta’Amu as the only quarterbacks on the roster. The move all but guarantees Ta’Amu as the Chiefs’ third-string quarterback for the upcoming 2020 season. How Ta’amu performs in training camp and the preseason — whenever that may be — may force the Chiefs to carry him on the active roster so that he is not plucked off the practice squad by another team.

“I sure liked what I saw on tape and on TV from him,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid explained of Ta’amu earlier this month. “He looks like he’s a talented kid, going to look forward to getting him on board.”

Shurmur is the son of current Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who comes from the Reid coaching tree.

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