Chiefs Claim DE Austen Lane, Release DT Daniel Muir

The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed a new DE named Austen Lane off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

To make room, the club has released DT Daniel Muir.

From the Chiefs’ press release:

Lane (6-6, 265) has played in 28 games (17 starts) in three NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2010-12). He recorded 64 tackles (46 solo), 3.0 sacks (-11.0 yards) and one forced fumble. He originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft selection (153rd overall) of the Jaguars in the 2010 NFL Draft. Lane became the highest drafted player out of Murray State, where he finished his career with a school-record 29.0 sacks and 55 tackles for loss. The Iola, Wisc., native prepped at Iola-Scandinavia High School.

Muir (6-2, 322) originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 2007. He has appeared in 46 games (26 starts) in six seasons with Green Bay (2007), Indianapolis (2008-11) and the New York Jets (2012), recording 111 tackles (88 solo), 0.5 sacks (-5.0 yards) and one pass defensed. He was a four-year letterman at Kent State (2003-06). The Lanham, Md., native was a four-year letterman at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md. Muir joined the Chiefs as a free agent on Jan. 18, 2013.

Lane could be a pretty good signing. He played 377 snaps with the Jags last season and was given a +7.8 grade by Pro Football Focus. He excelled as a run blocker and was slightly below average the pass rush department, which is evidently a requirement if you want to be a Chiefs DE. He was credited for two sacks, six QB hits and ten QB hurries.

What do you think, Addicts? Are you glad the Chiefs replaced Muir with Lane?

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  • Danny W

    Ahhh I don’t know that it will matter a whole lot. Maybe the guy can play special teams.

    • Patrick Allen

      He did pretty dang well last year for the Jags when he did play. He could be a Geoff Swartz type of sleeper.

  • KCMikeG

    “slightly below averaging the pass rush department, which is evidently a requirement if you want to be a Chiefs DE.” Bahahahahahahahahaha!

    • Troy Utt

      I’m not sure whether to say it concerns me, baffles me or maybe both…as to why we have not brought in any more WR’s??? One would think as thin as the depth chart is at WR we would have seen more prospects brought in. Especially during OTA’s & before camp. I at least have not seen anything that would lead me to believe that Baldwin is truely ready to step up and be the #2 or that Wylie, Avery, or Hemmingway, are any closer to helping take pressure off Bowe to stretch the field.
      As crazy as this may sound, I have even pondered the possibility of signing Randy Moss??? (even tho I don’t personally care for him”) A short term solution to whom Alex is familiar with, could help stretch the field. Even though he has lost a step he would definitely command tight coverage downfield, leaving Bowe in more favorable situations taking those shots downfield. Moss has stated he wants to play another year or two, and the money is right as his actual cap hit was only like $750,000k… I guess my reasoning was he has seemed to finally mature in the twilite of his career, as well it’s not like it would cost us anything, or next to nothing to bring him in for a workout, or sign him to a deal & see if he
      could make the roster….. WAR CHIEFS!!!

      • KCMikeG

        Here’s the list of who is out there as of 6/14. Pretty scary list! My hope is we can snag a WR with better potential than this bunch once cuts start in camp. Then again maybe R&D think we have potential in the young guys we have already. I have hope for Wylie, Gilyard, Newsome & Hemingway – not so much for Baldwin. Really hope I’m wrong on him.

        Wide Receiver
        Brandon Lloyd
        Laurent Robinson
        Steve Breaston
        Randy Moss
        Braylon Edwards
        Deion Branch
        Chaz Schilens
        Early Doucet
        Brandon Stokley
        Austin Collie
        Derek Hagan
        Chad Johnson
        Jabar Gaffney
        Roscoe Parrish (PR)
        Brandon Banks (KR/PR)
        Mike Sims-Walker
        Sammie Stroughter
        Jason Hill
        Ruvell Martin
        Patrick Turner
        Seyi Ajirotutu
        Greg Camarillo (PR)
        Legedu Naanee
        Adrian Arrington
        Michael Clayton
        Demetrius Williams
        Maurice Stovall (TE)
        Jerheme Urban
        Jaymar Johnson
        Quan Cosby (PR/KR)
        Jarett Dilliard
        Naaman Roosevelt
        Lance Long
        Joe Hastings

        • Troy Utt

          At one time a team could have fielded one heck of a stable of WR’s from that list… I recall watching the Card’s play some years past and noticed Early Doucet, of course anyone playing along side Fitzgerald is bound to look better automatically. He is yet another that really has not met their true potential. Maybe in the case of the Chiefs WR’s it can be blamed on the coaches or coord in part? But I just dont have a good feeling about the core group we have… Maybe the new offense will make the difference. But I believe that we can be assured that Dorsey is not afraid to pull the plug on anyone at anytime!
          There are a couple of interesting names on there! If not mistaken the Chiefs brought in an UDFA by the name of Stoneum that was fairly highly regarded. It was another of those cases where the kid has maturity issues… I believe he was originally with Michigan, & then transferred to either Baylor or TCU… But have seen not a word of news on him one way or another! Irregardless it just surprises me with as active as R&D have been in rolling over the roster, & camp bodies that we have not seen more WR’s??? Speaking of camp, are you still planning on going this year?

          • KCMikeG

            There are plenty of guys who look really good like Breaston & Doucet when they are playing with Fitz & Bolden. Once they get their shot at being a #2 many can’t take that step up.
            I’m hearing good things about Gilyard and Hemingway. Newsome and Bellamy have potential. Better coaching ike you mentioned and a real QB will show the true value of these youngsters. There will be some potential options once cuts start too.
            Yes planning on camp again. Getting my son’s summer FB schedule this week and will be making reservations this weekend for 7/27 —> Look forward to seeing you there. Do you know when are you going yet?

          • Troy Utt

            We made hotel reservations reservations beginning 7/27… Those of course were made some time ago, & with the new camp schedule being released today it would appear we are going to miss the eve practice 7/26, & morn practice 7/27! So we might revamp? We have reservations thru Aug. 4th at this point… Look forward to see you there!

  • Travis Forsyth

    just competition…nothing more..nothing less.

  • Kyle ferguson

    It’s an upgrade could see him playing in some sub packages

  • harvey alexander

    Well it looks like we have enough competition at DT and not enough at DE so in that respect I think it tells us that the team is coming together. Muir was one of the new regimes first picks so we must be beginning to know what our players are capable of.

    • Patrick Allen

      I agree harvey. DT has plenty of young talent but I worry a bit about the depth at DE.I like the move.

  • berttheclock

    Lane became expendable because their new HC moved Alualu from DT to DE. In practice, Lane was moved to DT on pass rush situations. Lane was caught up in a numbers game.
    However, any word about ESPN saying Dorsey is talking with the agent of Vontae Leach? Dorsey was involved in ’04 in finding Leach.

  • unclejesse40

    I think what impresses me most is that the new regime is willing to shed its own signings for guys they thing help the team more

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Should immediately become one of the Chiefs’ best passrushers at DE. Though that’s not really saying much. Rotational guy if he sticks.

  • ArrowFan

    I wonder if Muir will get picked up by anyone?