Chiefs Shocker – Brian Waters Cut

In what will go down as the biggest surprise so far of the just three-day old 2011 NFL season, the Chiefs announced Thursday evening that they had released veteran LG Brian Waters.

That Waters future with the team was short term was taken for granted. The 34-year old, 11-year veteran was at the end of his career and had one more season to go on his contract, due $3.5 million this season.

But the Chiefs decided that Waters was expendable.

“He and I had a good discussion and mutually agreed that this is a sound football decision for both Brian and the Chiefs,” said GM Scott Pioli in a statement released by the team at 8:41 p.m. “Brian has been an integral part of this organization and will always be part of the Kansas City Chiefs. We wish him nothing but the best.”

The same publicity release carried a quote from Waters, who said in part: “The Chiefs and I have mutually agreed on this decision and although I look forward to continuing my career, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kansas City.”

Waters was a five-time Pro Bowl blocker, making the NFL’s all-star game in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He appeared in 163 games with 149 starts for the Chiefs since joining the team in 2000 as a street free agent. He entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent TE with the Dallas Cowboys in 1999.

6 Responses to “Chiefs Shocker – Brian Waters Cut”

  • July 28, 2011  - john says:

    I think this is a BIG mistake..good luck Brian, You always made me proud to be a KC fan!

  • July 28, 2011  - Rob says:

    clearing cap room. but why? there better be a big signing soon. also the young guys need to get in there and better waters spot than wiegmanns

  • July 28, 2011  - ED says:

    Disagree with this being a mistake. Asomoah should be a huge upgrade over Waters at this point in his career. That being said he’ll be missed and like Tony Gonzalez I wish him well.

  • July 29, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    I think this guy should have finished his career in Red, White and Gold (Tony G too). I think it’s sad that the modern day business-ness of the NFL prevents this sort of thing from happening much nowadays. I thought for sure with Weigmann sticking around we’d see Waters too, but I guess not.

    I know he’s a bit old (for an NFL player) and not as good as he once was, but he could have done one more year and retired with style and grace in the city that truly appreciates him… I almost wish he would just retire so it is the case rather than play another year for another team and then do it. This guy is all pro, surely he could go into coaching or something.

    Also, you don’t think this has anything to do with who was representing the players in the negotiations do you? First Vrabel, now Waters…

  • July 29, 2011  - TimR says:

    No shocker. I said in the comments to a different article within the last 2 days our interior trio (G,C,G) had to change because they were manhandled last year by larger, stronger defensive lines. These 3 aren’t any younger, faster or stronger. Don’t assume Wiegman will be the starter, or if he is, all season long. They signed him to a 1 yr. deal to give him a shot because he wants it & has earned the opportunity to keep going.

  • July 29, 2011  - Fansince93 says:

    Seeing Waters leave, especially since he was one of the last pieces of the 2003/Vermeil era, is tough, but this was bound to happen at some point.

    Best of luck where ever he lands.

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