The Players Pioli Found

These are the players that Chiefs GM Scott Pioli inherited when he was named the team’s leader on January 13, 2009. There were 67 players under contract or in a position where the Chiefs had the first shot at signing them.

Of that group 23 remain with the team, including 12 of the 24 starters (including punter and kicker.) The other 44 have left under various circumstances:

  • 5 – UFAs of ’09 were not re-signed.
  • 14 – released during the ’09 off-season.
  • 1 – traded in the ‘ 09 off-season.
  • 11 – released during the ’09 pre-season.
  • 4 – released during the ’09 regular season.
  • 2 – traded during the ’09 regular season.
  • 1 – UFA of ’10 not re-signed.
  • 3 – released during ’10 off-season.
  • 2 – released during ’10 pre-season.
  • 1 – traded during ’10 pre-season.

Here are the players on the roster in January 2009

LT Branden Albert – remains starter on the team at left tackle.

DE Jason Babin – not re-signed as a UFA 3/09; signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on 8/4/09; not re-signed as a RFA 3/10 when Eagles failed to match an offer sheet from the Tennessee Titans; joined the Titans on 3/17/10 and produced 12.5 sacks during the 2010 season; became a UFA on 3/4/11 and remains unsigned for the 2011 season.

K Connor Barth – released before the start of training camp, 7/28/09; signed by the Miami Dolphins on 8/10/09; released by the Dolphins on 8/29/09; signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 11/3/09; remains with the Buccaneers; in 25 games over the last two seasons he’s made 37 of his 47 FG attempts, including 23 of 28 last season.

RB Jackie Battle – remains on team; currently without a contract for the 2011 season.

LB Rocky Boiman – not re-signed as a UFA 3/09; spent time with Titans, Steelers and Lions, but has not played a regular season game since 2008.

DE Alfonso Boone – released at the end of pre-season, 9/1/09; signed with San Diego in September 2009 and played 13 games that year and 3 games in the 2010 season before he was released.

WR Dwayne Bowe – remains on team as a starter at wide receiver.

WR Mark Bradley – released on 12/22/09; claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay but did not play in a game for the Buccaneers; released 6/16/10 by Bucs; signed with New Orleans 8/6/10; released by Saints on 8/24/10; since leaving the Chiefs he’s not caught a pass.

OT Andrew Carnahan – released on 4/21/09; claimed on waivers by the New York Giants on 4/22/09; waived injured by the Giants on 9/1/09; he’s not played in an NFL game since leaving the Chiefs.

CB Brandon Carr – remains on the team as the starter at right cornerback; he’s without a contract for the 2011 season.

S Oliver Celestin – not re-signed as a UFA 3/09; signed with the UFL New York Sentinels (now Hartford Colonials) for the ’09 season; did not play in the ’10 season.

RB Jamaal Charles – remains with the team as the primary running back; signed contract extension in 2010.

CB Ricardo Colclough – released 9/29/09; signed with Omaha of the UFL in ’10 and started at CB, finishing with 1 interception and 31 total tackles. He also led the UFL in kickoff returns with a 22.9-yard average; currently in training camp with the Nighthawks.

TE Jed Collins – released near the end of the pre-season, 9/1/09; he’s since been on the active roster or practice squad for Arizona, Cleveland, Tennessee and New Orleans; he remains on the Saints roster.

P Dustin Colquitt – remains on the team as the punter.

TE Brad Cottam – placed on injured-reserve list with a broken neck on 12/22/09; placed on injured-reserve list on 7/29/10; currently without a contract.

FB Mike Cox – remains on the team; currently without a contract.

QB Brodie Croyle – remains on the team; currently without a contract.

LB Weston Dacus – released on 8/7/09; he signed with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers in 2010 but did not play.

LS Jean-Philippe Darche – contract terminated 3/19/09; he retired that year and is now attending medical school at the University of Kansas.

WR Devard Darling – placed on the injured-reserve list 9/1/09; released 3/3/10; he signed with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks on 9/8/10; caught 22 passes for 227 yards and 3 TDs during the ’10 UFL season.

G Brian De La Puente – released on 8/24/09; claimed on waivers by Seattle on 8/25/09; released on 9/5/09 and added to the practice squad on 9/16/09; he was released by Seahawks on 9/30/09; signed to Carolina’s practice squad 11/17/09; signed with San Francisco 1/22/10; released by 49ers on 9/4/10; spent five days in September ’10 on Seattle practice squad; signed to New Orleans practice squad 10/15/10; signed futures contract with Saints on 1/13/11. He remains on the Saints roster.

DL Glenn Dorsey – remains on team as the starter at right defensive end.

LB Donnie Edwards – contract terminated on 2/24/09; Edwards has not returned to play in the NFL.

DT Ron Edwards – remains on the team as the starter at nose tackle; currently without a contract.

CB Brandon Flowers – remains on the team as the starter at left cornerback.

WR Will Franklin – released on 4/13/09; claimed on waivers by Detroit 4/14/09; released on 5/15/09; claimed on waivers by Oakland 5/19/09; released on 8/31/09; signed in the CFL with Winnipeg 3/15/10; released by Blue Bombers on 6/10/10; signed with Las Vegas in the UFL; released by Las Vegas 9/10/10.

LS Thomas Gafford – waived on 6/19/09; re-signed on 8/13/09; remains on the team as the special teams snapper.

LB Curtis Gatewood – released on 4/21/09; claimed off waivers by Detroit on 4//23/09; waived injured by the Lions on 8/9/09; signed by Philadelphia on 8/25/09 and released on 9/5/09; signed to Pittsburgh practice squad on 11/19/09; signed by Washington off the Steelers practice squad on 12/15/09; released by Redskins on 9/4/10; spent most of the ’10 season on the Arizona practice squad and then active roster where he played one game; he remains on the Cardinals practice squad.

DE Wallace Gilberry – remains on the team as a defensive end in the nickel defense; he’s without a contract for the ’11 season.

TE Tony Gonzalez – traded to Atlanta 4/23/09 for a 2nd-round draft choice in 2010 (CB Javier Arenas); Gonzalez remains the starting tight end for the Falcons. In two seasons, he has caught in 32 games 153 passes for 1,523 yards and 12 TDs. In the last two seasons, the Chiefs have had five different TEs that caught 105 passes, 1,099 yards and 8 TDs.

QB Quinn Gray – contract terminated 3/11/09; signed with the New York Sentinels of the UFL on 8/5/09; in the ’09 UFL season, Gray completed 63 of 119 passes for 639 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs; he named head coach at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida on 3/18/10; led Jackson H.S. to a 5-6 record and a spot in the state playoffs; resigned as head coach on 3/14/11 when sports programs were eliminated because of a budget shortfall; joined the coaching staff at his alma mater Florida A&M on 3/15/11.

DE Tamba Hali – remains on the team as the right outside linebacker; he’s without a contract for the ’11 season and was named the club’s franchise player.

G Edwin Harrison – released 8/4/09; signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL on 4/15/10; started 15 games at right tackle in the ’10 CFL season and was nominated for the league’s rookie of the year award; as Calgary begins its 2011 season, Harrison is on a nine-game injured-reserve list because of a torn pectoral muscle that he suffered while weight lifting in May. He was expected to be the starter at left tackle.

QB Damon Huard – contract was terminated on 2/24/09; signed with the San Francisco 49ers on 3/4/09; released by the Niners on 9/1/09. He did not play in the 2009-10 seasons and remains unsigned for the 2011 season.

DT T.J. Jackson – was released on 6/19/09; he’s not played in the NFL or any other league since.

LB Derrick Johnson – remains on the team as the right inside linebacker, signing a contract extension during the 2010 season.

RB Larry Johnson – released on 11/9/09; signed on 11/16/09 with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he finished the 2009 season; signed as a UFA with the Washington Redskins on March 12, 2010; released by the Redskins on 9/21/10, after posting 2 rushing yards on five carries; he did not play the rest of the 2010 season and remains a free agent.

DE Brian Johnston – released on 5/27/09; claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions on 5/28/09, but failed his physical; did not play in the 2009 NFL season; signed with the Miami Dolphins on 1/6/10; released by the Dolphins on 6/15/10; selected by Omaha of the UFL in the 2011 UFL Draft on 5/2/11; he remains unsigned.

G Adrian Jones – was a UFA after the 2008 season and the Chiefs made no attempt to re-sign him; signed with the Houston Texans on 5/18/09; released by Texans on 9/5/09; signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on 7/21/10; released by Steelers on 8/31/10; signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL on 10/12/10; he remains on the Nighthawks roster for ’11 training camp.

CB Maurice Leggett – remains on the team, spending the 2010 season on the injured-reserve list, placed there on 9/4/10; spent the second half of the 2009 season on IR list, starting on 11/25/09; he’s without a contract for the 2011 season.

DT Derek Lokey – released 9/5/09; signed to the practice squad on 12/1/09; added to the active roster on 12/26/09 and was active for two games; released on 9/4/10; he’s not signed with anyone since then.

CB David Macklin – he was released on 3/18/09, five days after he was arrested for DUI in Newport News, Virginia; he did not play in the 2009-10 seasons and remains unsigned for the 2011 season.

QB Ingle Martin – waived on 8/5/09; signed by the Denver Broncos on 8/26/09; released by the Broncos on 9/4/09; signed with New York Sentinels of the UFL and completed 39 of 81 passes for 380 yards, 1 TD and 5 INTs; did not play in the 2010 UFL season; he is currently the head coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy, a private school in Nashville.

DE Turk McBride – released 9/15/09; claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions on 9/16/09; he spent the last two seasons with the Lions, playing in 26 games with 12 starts, 60 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.

S Jon McGraw – remains on the team as a backup free safety; he’s without a contract for the 2011 season.

OT Damion McIntosh – released on 9/4/09; signed by the Seattle Seahawks on 10/13/09; he played in 10 games with the Seahawks, starting twice; he was not signed for the 2010 season and did not play; he currently does not have a contract for the 2011 season.

TE Michael Merritt – released on 2/24/09, 19 days after he was arrested on marijuana possession charges in Orlando, Florida; did not play in the 2009-10 NFL seasons; signed by the Arena Football League Tampa Bay Storm on 2/11/11; he was released by Storm on 3/6/11, then placed on PUP list and finally he was placed on the AFL suspended list on 3/31/11.

S DaJuan Morgan – released on 9/4/10; signed with the Indianapolis Colts on 9/15/10; released by Colts on 10/9/10; he remains unsigned for the 2011 season.

C Rudy Niswanger – remains on the team as a backup center/guard; he’s without a contract for the 2011 season.

S Jarrad Page – placed on the injured-reserve list on 11/2/09 with a calf injury, ending his ’09 season; assigned second-round tender offer to him as a restricted free agent on 3/4/10; signed restricted free-agent tender offer with the Chiefs on 9/3/10; traded to the New England Patriots on 9/5/10 in exchange for a seventh-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft; he played in 9 games with the Patriots, contributing 13 total tackles and 2 INTs; New England tendered him at a second-round level as a restricted free agent.

S Bernard Pollard – released on 9/5/09 in the final roster cut before the start of the regular season; signed by the Houston Texans on 9/24/09; in two seasons with Houston, he played in 29 games, contributing 262 total tackles, 4 sacks, 4 INTs, 3 recovered fumbles; on 3/2/11 the Texans did not extend a tender offer to Pollard, telling him that he did not fit the team’s new 3-4 defense and they were not going to re-sign him.

OT Barry Richardson – released on 9/6/09; signed to practice squad on 9/7/09; promoted to the active roster on 10/17/09; he’s played in 26 games with 17 starts, including all 16 games in the 2010 season at right tackle; he’s without a contract for the 2011 season.

WR-KR Kevin Robinson – released on 4/21/09; signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL on 10/15/09; played in 1 game with the Ti-Cats, returning 4 punts for 21 yards and 1 kickoff for 8 yards; released by Hamilton on 11/6/09. He did not play in the 2010 season; he remains unsigned for 2011.

RB Dantrell Savage – played in 5 games during the 2009 season, with 96 yards in total offense and 196 yards in total punt and kickoff returns; placed on injured-reserve list (ankle) on 12/19/09; released by the Chiefs on 3/3/10; signed with the Carolina Panthers on 8/2/10; released by Panthers on 9/4/10.

RB Kolby Smith – spent the last half of the 2008 season on the injured reserve list with a major knee injury; placed on Reserve/PUP list on 9/1/09; activated from the PUP List on 11/7/09; placed on injured reserve list on 12/5/09; re-signed with the Chiefs on 2/24/10; released by the Chiefs on 6/14/10; claimed on waivers by the Denver Broncos on 6/15/10; released by the Broncos on 8/4/10; signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on 8/25/10; released by the Jaguars on 9/3/10; he did not play in the 2010 season and remains unsigned for the 2011 season.

G Wade Smith – became a UFA after the 2009 season; signed a 4-year, $12 million contract with the Houston Texans on 3/10/10 and started 16 games at left guard with the Texans during the 2010 season.

DE Andy Studebaker – remains on the team and will contest for starting job at left outside linebacker, replacing the retired Mike Vrabel; signed a contract extension during the 2010 season.

CB Patrick Surtain – released on 2/24/09; he’s not played or appeared on a roster since then.

OT Herb Taylor – released on 9/4/09; signed by the Denver Broncos on 12/9/09; released by the Broncos on 12/19/09; re-signed by Broncos on 12/29/09; released again by Denver on 1/2/10; claimed off waivers by the New York Giants on 1/3/10; released by the Giants on 9/4/10; signed by the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL on 11/1/10; signed a futures/reserve contract with the Broncos on 1/6/11.

QB Tyler Thigpen – traded to Miami on 9/29/09 in exchange for a fifth-round selection (LB Cameron Sheffield) in the 2010 NFL Draft ; in two seasons with the Dolphins, he’s played in 4 games, starting once and going 27 of 49 for 27 yards, 3 TDs and 4 INTs; he is currently without a contract for the 2011 season.

LB Pat Thomas – signed with the Buffalo Bills as a UFA on 3/19/09; released by the Bills on 9/2/09; he did not play in the 2009-10 seasons and is not signed to play in 2011.

DT Tank Tyler – traded to the Carolina Panthers on 10/20/09 in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. That choice was then dealt during the draft to move up and select TE Tony Moeaki in the third-round; released by the Panthers on 9/4/10; signed a reserve/futures contract with the Chicago Bears on 1/10/11.

G Tavares Washington – released 9/4/09; igned by the Las Vegas Locos of the UFL on 9/10/09; appeared in 3 games, plus the UFL Championship Game for the Locos in the ’09 season; played in the 2010 Las Vegas season opener; released by the Locos on 9/25/10. He did not play in the rest of the UFL or NFL season in 2010; he remains unsigned for the 2011 season.

G Brian Waters – remains on the team as the starting left guard.

WR Jeff Webb – received RFA tender 2/26/09; signed tender on 4/20/09; waived 8/17/09; signed by the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL on 4/22/10; he played in 4 games, catching 13 passes for 137 yards; released by the Argos on 8/31/10; he did not play in the NFL during the 2010 season; he’s without a contract for the 2011 season.

LB Demorrio Williams – remains on the team as a backup linebacker and pass rusher in the nickel defense.


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