Chiefs release LT Jared Gaither

November, 29, 2011
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The Kansas City Chiefs took a flyer on potential dominant left tackle. In the end, Jared Gaither has been cut without starting a game for the Chiefs.

The team announced the release of the massive Gaither (Profootballtalk.com first reported it) Tuesday. He could now possibly catch the interest of two AFC West teams.

While Gaither is a big name, the move really doesn’t affect this team much. The Chiefs didn’t have much invested in him and he wasn’t playing many minutes, even though there were packages for him. He did play in 10 of the Chiefs’ 11 games.

The Chiefs’ ideal plan was to bookend him with Branden Albert, but it become clear that Gaither -- a star-in-the-making in Baltimore before a back injury kept him out all last season -- was not up to speed for the Chiefs to make him a full-time starter.

Gaither also committed a key penalty in the Chiefs' loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

It will be interesting if San Diego or Oakland considers claiming Gaither. San Diego is missing six injured offensive lineman including starting left tackle Marcus McNeill. There aren’t any better available options than Gaither.

I don’t think he’d be as big of a priority for the Raiders. The Raiders brought in Gaither this summer, but had concerns about his back. Gaither played for Oakland head coach Hue Jackson in Baltimore.

San Diego has claiming priority over the Raiders based on team record.

UPDATE: The Chiefs signed tackle David Mims to the active roster to take Gaither’s place. He was on the practice squad all season. He is an undrafted free agent from Virginia Union. Mims is 6-foot-8, 336 pounds.

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