The Kansas City Chiefs waived LS Thomas Gafford, WR C.J. Jones, DT T.J. Jackson and LB Darrell Robertson on Friday. Gafford played in nine games as Kansas City’s long snapper in 2008, while Jackson saw duty in four games for the Chiefs a year ago.
I apologize for being a little bit late to this. It took a little bit of time to consider what this meant.
I think we are seeing a more efficient Chiefs’ organization. Every move is for a sound, strategic reason. That means these cuts are no different. Here are some of the possibilities of the significance:
- The Chiefs anticipate signing several draft picks soon. Draft picks don’t count against the 80-player roster limit until they are signed. With this cut, the Chiefs now have 81 players on the roster.
- There is no such thing as a “camp fodder” player for the Chiefs this year. They aren’t letting anyone hang around just to have bodies to take snaps. If the Chiefs organization determines you aren’t good enough to challenge for a roster spot, they will cut you and find someone who is.
- It is slightly possible that they will sign other players to fill the space…but it won’t be until the eve of training camp, because the Chiefs don’t have any practices again until training camp opens. Since the Chiefs have been spending weeks working on conditioning, and teaching players what “in shape” really means to the Chiefs now, signing new players is probably unlikely, because they are unlikely to be in the kind of condition Coach Haley wants right now.