The purge of the 2008 Chiefs draft class continued on Wednesday as the team released DE Brian Johnston.
He becomes the fourth member of the 12-player class of 2008 to be released since the new regime took over the franchise.
Johnston was a seventh-round pick last year, the 210th player selected.Â He appeared in nine games last year and was credtied with threeÂ tackleson defense and one on special teams.Â Â A calf injury pushed him to the injured-reserve list on November 12 and he missed the season’s final seven games.
At 6-4, 269 pounds Johnston was too light to play defensive end in the new Chiefs defensive scheme.Â He had been working a bit at outside linebacker, although he wasÂ not taking part in full team work during lastÂ week’s OTA sessions.
Johnston was drafted out of Gardner-Webb.Â Don’t be surprised if he’s claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions and formerÂ Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.
Also releasedÂ were fourth-round choice WR Will Franklin, sixth-round pick PR-KR Kevin Robinson and seventh-round selection TE MichaelÂ Merritt.