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Kansas City Chiefs Release Four Players

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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