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Report: Chiefs have released tight end Sean Culkin

The tight end had planned to have his entire salary converted to Bitcoin.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have released tight end Sean Culkin, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. As Yates noted, Culkin drew headlines this offseason when he became the first NFL player to have his salary converted to Bitcoin.

The Chiefs originally signed the 27-year-old tight end to a reserve/futures contract back on February 6.

The former University of Missouri player first entered the league as an undrafted free agent for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017. He played in a dozen Chargers games over three seasons — mostly as a blocker and special-teams contributor — but tore an Achilles tendon in Week 4 of 2019, which put him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. He spent 2020 on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, from which he was elevated for one game.

At 6 feet 5 and 255 pounds, Culkin profiles as a blocking tight end; he’s been targeted just three times in his NFL career. Over a four-year career at Mizzou, he caught 61 passes for 601 yards and two touchdowns.

The Chiefs already had the returning Blake Bell and Evan Baylis behind starter Travis Kelce before trading up to add rookie Noah Gray in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.

Perhaps Culkin catches on with another club so that he may collect his Bitcoin.