Enjoy today's Kansas City Chiefs news after roster cut downs.
The final wave of NFL roster cuts got underway over the weekend, and all 32 teams made it down from 75 to 53 players by the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Saturday. There were some big names that are now eligible to be claimed on the waiver wire or signed on the open market. Here are some notables:
A breakdown of the Chiefs’ newest 53-man roster | The Kansas City Star
Quarterbacks (3): Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray: The knee and ankle injuries to Tyler Bray were fortuitous, allowing the Chiefs to keep all four of their quarterbacks. They just couldn’t pass on the chance to keep developing that rare arm talent.
Kansas City Chiefs cut-down analysis - ESPN
Most significant move: The Kansas City Chiefs are going with an undrafted rookie kicker, Cairo Santos, instead of veteran Ryan Succop. The competition through training camp and the preseason was close. The difference may have been money.
Reactions to Saturday’s roster transactions | Chiefs Spin
The first surrounds the Chiefs keeping five running backs: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray and Joe McKnight. The second surrounds the Chiefs keeping four tight ends: Anthony Fasasno, Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris and Richard Gordon.
7 former Alabama players released in NFL roster cutdown | AL.com
Two former Alabama players who did not participate in any preseason games survived the NFL roster cuts to 53 players on Saturday, while seven other ex-Crimson Tide standouts were released as teams reached the regular-season limit.
Brothers Daniel Sorensen and Brad Sorensen had differing experiences as NFL teams cut their active rosters to the league-mandated 53 players this weekend. For the younger Daniel Sorensen, who played safety at BYU, he made the opening-day roster for the Kansas City Chiefs. The elder Brad Sorensen, a quarterback, was waived by the San Diego Chargers in his second pro season out of Southern Utah.
Smith's value to Chiefs still not clear | TSN
Smith's value is hard to gauge because he will never put up the gaudy numbers of the highest paid quarterbacks around the league, but produces similar results to the top earners. While there's no doubt running back Jamaal Charles is the team's best player, many around Kansas City would be okay with the assertion that Smith was the team's MVP.
The Saints released or waived 22 players to get down from 75 to the mandated 53 limit by the 3 p.m. CT Saturday deadline. Among them were future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem, the Saints' 2007 first-round pick who re-joined the team last season after a year with the San Diego Chargers, and kickers Derek Dimke and Shayne Graham.
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More from sbnation.com:
- Chiefs cut 17 players, send Tyler Bray to IR
- 10 things to know about the Chiefs cuts
- See the Chiefs first 53-man roster here
- Chiefs practice squad coming on Sunday (rules and eligibility)
- De'Anthony Thomas will wear No. 13
- Santos over Succop: Good or bad decision?
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