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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Chiefs begin roster movement

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs were quiet this offseason as far as player moment went. Until Tuesday.

In a move that was expected, Kansas City cut cornerback Patrick Surtain. His release is no surprise at all because of his age -- he is 32 -- and his high price tag. The Chiefs saved about $6.2 million by cutting Surtain. Of course, Kansas City didn't need the relief. It has about $37 million in salary-cap space and will be able to do whatever it wants once free agency begins Friday. If the Chiefs are going to be active in free agency, expect defense and perhaps the offensive line to be areas of concentration.

Surtain's release also makes the young Chiefs even greener. The Chiefs have just eight players older than 30 on their roster. Two of them, linebacker Donnie Edwards and backup quarterback Damon Huard, could also soon get cut.

While the Chiefs have great needs on defense, they are pleased with their young cornerbacks, which also played a role in Surtain getting released. The team drafted Brandon Flowers in the second round and Brandon Carr in the fifth round last year. Both rookie cornerbacks played well in 2008, and the team is excited about the Flowers-Carr combination for the long term.

With player movement under the way in Kansas City, we now await to see what the team does with running back Larry Johnson and tight end Tony Gonzalez.