Kansas City Chiefs Release Four Players

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have released four players, including full back Patrick DiMarco, linebacker Cory Greenwood, offensive lineman Bryan Mattison and quarterback Alex Tanney.

Oh, to all you Alex Tanney homers, my condolences. The trick shot dream dies today, my friends.

From the Chiefs’ press release:

DiMarco (6-1, 243) played in five games (four starts) with the Chiefs in 2012. He originally joined the club as a free agent in August of 2012 after a short stint with the San Diego Chargers in 2011. He was signed to the Chiefs practice squad on Sept. 1. The Altamonte Springs, Fla., native was a team captain at the University of South Carolina where he played tight end and fullback. He prepped at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Greenwood (6-2, 235) saw action in 48 contests in three NFL seasons with the Chiefs (2010-12). He served primarily on special teams, recording 34 tackles and one fumble recovery. On defense, Greenwood tallied eight tackles (seven solo). He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Kansas City in 2010. The Kingston, Ontario, native played collegiately at Concordia University in Montreal and prepped at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in Kingston, Ontario.

Mattison (6-3, 310) played in 19 games (four starts) in three NFL seasons with Kansas City (2012), St. Louis (2011) and Baltimore (2010). He spent two seasons (2008-09) on the Ravens practice squad before moving to the 53-man roster. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Jets in 2008. He was a two-year captain at the University of Iowa, where he played on the defensive line. He prepped at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind.

Tanney (6-4, 220) originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Chiefs in 2012. He played collegiately at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. In just over four seasons with the Fighting Scots, Tanney played in 47 games, completing 1,205 passes on 1,756 attempts (68.6 pct.) with 157 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. The Normal, Ill., native played quarterback at Lexington High School in Lexington, Ill.

The DiMarco cut is the most disheartening, although I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. The Chiefs just traded for yet another FB yesterday and so you know at least one of the other three guys on the roster were going to be cut.
DiMarco joined the Chiefs late last year and played really well. Pro Football Focus graded him a +6.3 in 124 snaps. He had two great games, one against the Panthers (a win) and one against the Colts (a game the Chiefs somehow lost, still not sure how).
When the Chiefs started going after FBs I knew they must not have liked DiMarco but I am not sure why. In the games that Jamaal Charles had DiMarco leading the way, he had 127, 165, 10, 226 and 53 yards rushing. The game he had 10 yards in was against the Raiders when the Chiefs only gave Jamaal the ball nine times. The 53-yard effort was in the season finale against the Donkeys. The Chiefs were down 21-3 in that game at halftime. Charles only got four carries in the second half of that one.
Greenwood has been hanging around for a while but was mostly a special teams contributor. Mattinson was a journeyman. Tanney never did a damn thing except throw up a wounded-duck, desperation heave in a preseason game that by some miracle, a Chiefs receiver caught. Yet for some reason, a disturbing number of Chiefs fans have been talking as if Tanney was an actual contender to make the team. I think it is because they saw him throw some footballs in trash cans in a high school gymnasium, cause you know, that is JUST LIKE playing in the NFL. I’m really good at throwing pingpong balls into red Solo cups filled with beer. I wonder if I can make it in the professional pingpong circuit.

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  • P Heitman

    “Yet for some reason, a disturbing number of Chiefs fans have been talking as if Tanney was an actual contender to make the team. I think it is because they saw him throw some footballs in trash cans in a high school gymnasium, cause you know, that is JUST LIKE playing in the NFL. I’m really good at throwing pingpong balls into red Solo cups filled with beer. I wonder if I can make it in the professional pingpong circuit.”

    Hilarious.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      You are too kind.

    • dominicscarlatti

      I agree – this was quite amusing…!

    • scomstock55

      i was one…I just wanted to see him get a shot…as I would with anyone with prototypical size and the accuracy and throwing power he exhibited. All he needed was a chance to show he could learn to read defenses. I still think he might get a chance somewhere else.

      • P Heitman

        He also needed to prove he could throw the ball with 11 defenders on the field. More power to him if he gets a shot somewhere, but we don’t have the luxury of allowing a YouTube phenom all the time in the world to develop. Plus he’s not that young. Or good. When he got his shot, he couldn’t do much other than, as Mr. Allen stated above, “throw up a wounded-duck, desperation heave in a preseason game that by some miracle, a Chiefs receiver caught.” Alex Smith is only 3 years older than him, and I’d rather the coaching staff focus their energy on the guy that will legitimately play.

  • PunjabiPete

    Logic has no place on these forums, sir

    • Danny W

      Let me guess your upset over Tanney?

      • PunjabiPete

        I could care less. Tanney was not a good player, and I don’t miss him. Ricky Stanzi is not a good player, and I don’t miss him. I was wrong about Matt Cassel, and I admit that. Brady Quinn is not a good football player, and I don’t miss him.

  • ladner morse

    I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to save the cap dollars because these guys weren’t on the top end of the salary roster.

    $687,500 Cory Greenwood
    $480,000 Alex Tanney
    $435,000 Patrick DeMarco
    $630,000 Brian Mattison

    $2,232,500 Total

    • P Heitman

      They all reeked of Pioli and meatballs.

      • KCMikeG

        That’s pretty funny too!

      • micah stephenson

        Laughing.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I liked DeMarco and Greenwood but not enough to miss them. I wish them all well.

  • KCMikeG

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha! So true. At least these players have been released early enough to catch on somewhere else – if they can. Time will tell but I have to believe these weren’t hard choices based on who they have already brought in through FA & the draft.

  • Justin R Groth

    Random but according to the players voted top 100 Pollard> Polumala

    • P Heitman

      Polumala? Who’s that?

      • Justin R Groth

        Lol can’t spell let’s go with troy

        • P Heitman

          haha, just givin’ you touble.

  • Roger Mihalko

    Surprised Stanzi is still hanging on since he was a pioli Draft.

    • Danny W

      Me too Stanzi is horrible.

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        They need an extra arm. They can let him and Bray battle it out for the #3.

        • ArrowFan

          We have two UDFA QB the other guys name escapes me but I think he played at the stupid school in Kansas that use a chicken as a mascot.

  • Danny W

    I’ll cry myself to sleep all night tonight over Tanney. The dude could trick shot! But seriously I liked Greenwood and DiMarko. I think DiMarko got a bad shake but oh well. Greenwood could run damn near a 4.4 forty at linebacker. Would have liked to see him develop.

  • Travis Forsyth

    well shoot, a little disappointed to see Tanney go, I thought he had some raw talent that Reid could mold into something great….but I guess the roster doesn’t have much room for 5 QB’s right?… oh well, wish nothing but the best for Tanney and hope he signs with a new team real soon…just not the raiders or any of the other AFC West teams :)

    • scomstock55

      I really thought Stanzi would be cut before Tanney….guess Im a dreamer…Stanzi will be cut before game 1…unless an injury happens

  • Chief Hokie

    Nooo! Tanney and DiMarco, my two favorite underdogs, getting cut just like my boy Mims. I would’ve rather kept Tanney than Stanzi – we already know Stanzi sucks but you can’t confirm or deny that Tanney sucks.

  • berttheclock

    Patrick, I’m with you on the DiMarco cut. AR wants two things from a FB. Pass protect and catching passes out of the backfield. Now, the Chiefs didn’t throw to DiMarco, but, at South Carolina, he caught 23 passes for, I believe, 143 yards and he had the winning 2 point conversion against ‘Ole Miss. Wilson at KSU did catch 17 passes. The new regime must have seen something they didn’t like, but, I wonder if they went back far enough with the film on DiMarco?

  • ArrowFan

    Tanney and DiMarco will end up on someones roster. I’ most upset about pancakes more than anyone I thought he had promise.

  • ArrowFan

    Why the pick of Nasty Nate?

  • P Heitman

    A couple of good things about the Patrick DiMarco cut:

    1) won’t have to see his name butchered anymore:

    DiMarko
    DeMarko
    DeMarco

    2) The DiMarco/D’Imperio confusion would have eventually made me spontaneously combust.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Don’t much care about the other three that got cut. I thought DiMarco played really good football for this team last year.

  • Brady Jones

    Greenwood is Pollard all over again. He never had a chance to be successful for the chiefs but watch for his name in the future he will become a starter and maybe even more. I wish we would of kept him around but being DJ’s back up is only good if old whats his name Hayle was still coaching. “lets prove a point by putting our best linebacker on the second string….who dose that at this level.

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