Chiefs continue their tough stance

March, 18, 2009
3/18/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Memo to any Kansas City Chiefs players who wants to stay employed: Don't get arrested.

The new Kansas City regime continued its zero-tolerance policy for players who get in legal trouble by terminating the contract of veteran backup cornerback David Macklin on Wednesday.

Friday, he was arrested for drunken driving in Virginia. Five days later, he is out of work. Last month, Kansas City cut second-year tight end Michael Merritt after he was arrested in Florida on marijuana charges.

The Chiefs clearly mean business. Get arrested, go away.

Of course, neither player was expected to play a major role on the team. Macklin played in only four games last season.

These moves make me wonder what Kansas City is going to do with Larry Johnson. He had off-field issues last season for which he was punished by both the team and the NFL. Johnson has made it known that he wants to be traded but the Chiefs have yet to make a move.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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