It’s a busy time around the personnel wing of Arrowhead Stadium as the Chiefs spend time working on their salary cap, making moves to apply the franchise player tag on outside linebacker Justin Houston and adjusting their roster.
Another one of those moves came on Thursday when the Chiefs released veteran tight end Anthony Fasano. The move will create almost $2 million in room under the salary cap. Fasano was scheduled to count $4,209,375 on the cap tab for the Chiefs. By releasing him, they gain $1,959,375 of cap room but have to eat the rest as dead money.
Fasano signed a 4-year, $16 million deal with the Chiefs in 2013. Over the last two seasons, he’s played in 24 of 32 games, making 22 starts and catching 48 passes for 426 yards and seven touchdown receptions. He will be 31 years old in April and is heading into his 10th season in the league.
The development of Travis Kelce made Fasano expendable. They also have Demetrius Harris coming off the injured-reserve list and also on the roster are Brandon Barden, Adam Schiltz and veteran Richard Gordon.