AFC West: Tanner Purdum

Chiefs make a snap judgment

August, 13, 2009
8/13/09
5:26
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs switched long snappers Thursday.

The team re-signed Thomas Gafford. He played in nine games for Kansas City at the end of last season. He was released earlier this offseason as the Chiefs turned their long snapping attention to Tanner Purdum.

However, two days before their preseason opener, the Chiefs cut Purdum and re-signed Gafford. He is the only true long snapper on the roster and it appears he has the inside track at starting the 2009 season where he finished the 2008 season --- as Kansas City's long snapper.

Chiefs cut four players

June, 19, 2009
6/19/09
4:11
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs cut four players on Friday. None were major figures on the team.

The team cut long-snapper Thomas Gafford, who played in nine games last season. Earlier this offseason, the team cut J.P. Darche, another long-snapper, earlier this offseason. The only exclusive long-snapper Kansas City currently has on the roster is Tanner Purdum. He is an undrafted free agent from Baker.

The other three players Kansas City cut were receiver C.J. Jones, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson and linebacker Darrell Robertson. Jackson played in four games for Kansas City last season.

AFC West news and notes

April, 7, 2009
4/07/09
9:40
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Union Tribune looks at how the Kellen Winslow contract in Tampa Bay could affect a new contract for San Diego tight end Antonio Gates. The team would like to finalize contract extensions for both Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers. Regardless of Winslow's big deal, Gates is sure to break the bank.

The Chiefs' return to Missouri from Wisconsin for training camp may have some snags.

The Broncos trade of quarterback Jay Cutler cost the team $1.9 million in salary cap space because of contract escalators.

The Chiefs signed receiver Rodney Wright and long snapper Tanner Purdum. Wright was on Buffalo's practice squad six years ago. He most recently played in the Arena Football League. Purdum last played at Baker University in 2007. Both Wright and Purdum have to be considered long shots to make Kansas City's 53-man roster.

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