Moeaki is Gone – Officially

From the Truman Sports Complex

Nobody expected Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki to wear the red jersey again, not after another injury left him unable to compete for a roster spot in the pre-season.

However, it wasn’t official until Wednesday when the Chiefs released Moeaki off the injured-reserve list with a settlement.

Essentially it’s an indication that Moeaki is healthy and able to at least practice and possibly play, so there’s the chance his name will start turning up on workout reports for other teams and he could even be signed by one of the 31 other clubs. Teams dealing with tight end injuries may be willing to sign him.

Moeaki could not return to the Chiefs this season, although he was still set to receive his contracted salary for 2013. That was $1,323,000. Generally what happens with an injury settlement is Moeaki agreed to take less than what he had coming to him over the next 10 weeks. In exchange, he got his freedom to seek a roster spot with another team.

Over his three seasons with the Chiefs, Moeaki appeared in 31 of the 49 games the team played. He caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards and 4 touchdowns.

10 Responses to “Moeaki is Gone – Officially”

  • October 23, 2013  - R W says:

    Not meant to be. True statement for many things in life.

  • October 23, 2013  - David says:

    A calculated gamble on the Chiefs’ part that didn’t pay off. He was available lower in the NFL draft than his playmaking ability seemed to indicate, because he had been injury-prone in college. Good idea for the Chiefs to move on, at this time.

  • October 23, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    “The bigger they are the harder they fall”. That’s what I used to tell myself after my mouth got me into a confrontation with a guy that always seemed to be twice my size.

    Maybe there’s some truth to that. These tight ends of today aren’t little girls; these guys are big and fast. They block, run routes, catch passes and get tackled. And seem to get injured a lot.

    Maybe Moeaki wasn’t the little sister that I thought he was. Anyway, I hope he got a fair deal on his contract and I wish him well.

  • October 23, 2013  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    I wish him well. It didn’t work out here because of his lack of availability. I still remember his one-handed TD catch.

    Go CHIEFS!

  • October 24, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I wish him luck as well but there was nothing in his resume that indicated a change from what he was in college, oft injured. Another Pioli draft choice we’ll never get back. Good luck to Moeaki and I hope things work out for him. JFW, you know the other side of that saying. The bigger they are the harder they hit.

  • October 24, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Really a shame. He showed alot of potential.

  • October 24, 2013  - el cid says:

    Imagine he will always be a potential guy, just could not stay healthy to be a #1 and wasted effort as a #2 or #3 backup.

    I can see where he will still have a profitable career with several teams again based on potential.

  • October 24, 2013  - DanO says:

    I hope we don’t have another Moeaki in Kelce. Already out for the year with a knee injury. I hope he can bounce back from this and not get hurt next year.

  • October 24, 2013  - el cid says:

    DanO – my thought exactly. Kelce seems to have a special place in Dorsey/Reid’s first draft. If we were not undefeated, how many of us would be wanting someone rear in a sling over their first draft? To many, I fear.

    But being undefeated hides a lot of warts – injuries, draft, offensive production, moves like Jenkins, etc.

  • October 24, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    cid, you are right. Having not lost a game yet I say: “What draft”?

    JFF, do you think I do not know that? Early lesson. You just don’t say that to yourself right before you get pounded into the ground. Think positive. Or, as I should have done, run like hell.

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