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Chiefs Release Andy Studebaker

The Kansas City Chiefs have released OLB Andy Studebaker, according to Studebaker’s Twitter account

He tweeted the message below.

Studebaker went on to say that this is not an April Fools prank.

Studebaker had his opportunities with the Chiefs but despite a few promising performances, he was never able to grab hold of the open position left when former Chief Mike Vrabel retired.

Studebaker will probably best be remembered for his performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. The Chiefs were heavy underdogs and Studebaker picked off two Ben Roethlisberger passes, one of which he nearly returned for a touchdown.

Studebaker was also the guy that emerged with the football in 2011 during the Halloween “Monday Night Miracle” game against the Chargers.

Still, Studebaker failed to catch on. He struggled rushing the passer and setting the edge. He settled into a reserve role and played only 59 snaps on defense in 2012.

Interestingly enough, the Chiefs plucked Studebaker from the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad in 2008. The Eagles drafted him in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

I actually thought Studebaker might see an increased role now that Andy Reid was the Chiefs’ head coach. After all, Reid was in Philly when Studebaker was drafted.

I am guessing when GM John Dorsey and Reid popped in the tape they decided Studebaker wasn’t progressing. The move also frees up a couple of million in salary cap space that the Chiefs will need to sign their rookies after the draft.

What do you think, Addicts? Are you shocked Studebaker is gone?

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  • Dustin Massie

    It’s too bad, studebaker seemed like a great prospect. Nice guy too, I always rooted for him for just that.

  • Richard Comstock

    not shocked that he is gone. He was not very productive. I am sad that he is gone though. He is the kind of guy that any fan would want on the team. Hard working team player with a huge heart. I hope he him the best at his next stop!

  • Jason Seibel

    I always liked him. I’ll never forget him coming out of the pile with the football and a couple of Phillip “Cry Me A” Rivers fingers still attached during the Monday Night Miracle. What a night!

    • Priest4Prez

      That night was insane

  • Derek Duderstadt

    A decent football player, and a phenomenal human being. Seemed like he would flourish under the right circumstances, unfortunately, he just ran out of time here in KC. Time to move on to the next prospect!

  • steve james

    I like him, has a great motor, great teammate. I guess he just had hit his ceiling.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I wonder if there’s someone they have an eye on?

    • KCMikeG

      Jon Bostic rounds #3-5 & A.J. Klein round #4-5 is a beast 116 & 117 tackles back to back seasons are my favorites.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I was thinking free agency, but I tend to agree.
        I like Bostic a lot.

        • David Fritch

          Meh, after watching video on him he seems to loose sight of the football a lot, and has a tough time shedding 1 on 1 blocks.

          • KCMikeG

            Actually I added him to cover my total Homer pick of A.J. Klein from Iowa State.

  • steve james

    I take it as making room for the draft class. Makes me think the Albert trade is off the table.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      If that’s true, there could be some very serious smoke to this Geno Smith fire.

  • Chris Tarrants

    We are already short linebackers! How does this help? I guess spilling his cookies in the weight room wasn’t enough to show how much heart he has

  • KCMikeG

    Great guy and teammate but just didn’t have enough on the field. Best wishes. I see LB being a position we fill in the draft.
    On a completely different note I am looking for one ticket to the draft day party on April 25th. My son and I are going and my daughter wants to go with us but there are no tickets available through the ticket office.

  • KCPauly

    Sorry to see you go Andy, good luck to you and your family as you move forward

  • Dalton Meek

    Studee was the man, I’ll miss seeing him in a Chiefs jersey that’s for sure, but that’s how the NFL goes. Good luck to him and his family