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Chiefs release center Darryl Williams, sign several reserve/future players

As the 2020 postseason continues, the Chiefs make moves to prepare for the 2021 season.

St Louis Battlehawks v DC Defenders Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

According to Thursday’s official NFL transactions report, the Kansas City Chiefs have released center Darryl Williams from their practice squad, replacing him with defensive end Austin Edwards.

In addition, the Chiefs officially signed three players to reserve/future contracts for 2021: wide receiver Antonio Callaway, quarterback Jordan Ta’amu and wide receiver Chad Williams.

The Chiefs signed Darryl Williams as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State following the 2020 NFL Draft. After failing to make the 2020 roster, he was signed to the practice squad, where he spent the entire season. It’s a good bet that he will later be signed to a reserve/future contract for next season.

Edwards — from Ferris State — was also a 2020 undrafted free agent. He spent the season with the Atlanta Falcons, who elevated him to their active roster for one game. At least for the time being, he is eligible to be elevated to the active roster for a Chiefs postseason game.

We reported Callaway’s upcoming signing on Wednesday. In 2021, he’ll be entering his fourth NFL season after stints with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.

Ta’amu started his NFL career in 2019 as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi for the Houston Texans. He didn’t make it out of Houston’s training camp, but he did make some noise while starting for the the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks in 2020. The Chiefs signed him in March and had him on their practice squad through October. After he finished the season on the Detroit Lions taxi squad, Kansas City re-signed him to theirs on Tuesday and then released him on Wednesday. He will now be in the mix for 2021.

Chad Williams also spent time on the Chiefs’ practice squad this season. A former 2017 third-round draft pick out of Grambling for the Arizona Cardinals — where he started eight games over two seasons — he also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019. The Chiefs had him from late September until mid-November and then re-signed him for a brief period in December. He will now be competing for a role with the Chiefs next season.

Remember: these players who have been signed to reserve/future contracts are not eligible to play for the Chiefs in 2020. These are NFL-minimum deals that don’t actually go into effect (or count against the salary cap) until the beginning of the league year in mid-March; by signing these players now, the Chiefs have simply claimed their rights for 2021.

We should expect most — if not all — of the team’s current practice squad players to also be signed to these kinds of contracts when Kansas City’s season ends — and in the coming days, we also expect the Chiefs to sign more of these deals with other free agents they’d like to try out next season.