Chiefs Claim Guard Henry, Cut Center Madison

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The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed guard Ricky Henry off of waivers from the New Orleans Saints. To make room on the roster, the team cut center Brian Madison.

From the Chiefs’ press release:

Henry (6-4, 310) has seen action in two contests in two NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears (2011) and the New Orleans Saints (2012). He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Bears in 2011 where he served the majority of his time on the club’s practice squad roster. After being released by the Bears on Aug. 31, 2012, he was signed by the Saints where he served primarily on their practice squad. Henry was released by New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 19. The Omaha, Neb., native played collegiately at the University of Nebraska where he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. He prepped at Omaha Burke High School in Omaha, Neb.

Madison (6-4, 265) played in 50 games for the University of Missouri on the defensive line, recording 76 tackles (48 solo), 26.5 tackles for loss, 16.0 sacks (-124.0 yards), four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He added one interception and four passes defensed with the Tigers. He was a multi-sport athlete at South Harrison High School in Bethany, Mo. Madison originally joined the Chiefs as a rookie free agent on May 1, 2013.

By virtue of having the NFL’s worst record in 2012, the Chiefs have the number one priority on the NFL waiver wire. Any players who are released that have to pass through waives will be able to be claimed by the Chiefs before any other NFL team. This could come in handy later this summer when some surprise veterans are cut for salary cap reasons. It happens every season.

This move is relatively minor but the Chiefs obviously liked Henry enough to drop Madison to get him.

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  • Chris Tarrants

    How sweet would it be if we could land a good WR who had to be cut or another LB who could instantly change our whole dynamic

    • Jim Harper

      Very sweet

  • jimfromkcj

    The Browns are my bell wether team to compare the chiefs too. They are both small market teams who have had multiple Coachs and GM’s over the past few years. I obviously think the Browns have forged ahead in this comparison, mainly because they have several players who I have mocked, such as Weeden, Taylor, Schawartz, and now Moffat. The Chiefs have none, and that is disappointing. Also the Browns have accumulated this talent with lots of cap room to spend, while the Chiefs don’t have much cap room, making it harder to maintain their present position , let alone improve it. A good example is that the Browns have 15,607,038 dollars invested in their off line and the Chiefs have 18,299,380 in theirs. PFF rated the Browns off line #5 anf the Chief’s #10. They also have a QB who is able to stretch the field with a big arm and Alex doesn’t seem to be comfortable going long. And there is a sizable difference in the compensation between the QB’s and that is another reason the Chiefs are up against the cap.

    • stephan costa

      You have seen 2 preseason games with a vanilla offense . Let the real games begin before you make or believe such sweeping statements. Also K.C. had a lot of cap room before signing such key free agents as A.Smith S.Smith A.Fassono M.Devito and D. Avery. I for one love what the front office and Coach Reid are doing. Im exited about the season and the mistake by the lake is the last thing I’m worried about comparing my team to

      • jimfromkcj

        Stephan the only way to see how your team is doing is by picking a team as much alike as you can and compare them. The Browns are the closest to the Chiefs that I see and we have not done well in comparison with them during the Pioli era. Our cap is upside down to use used car or home mortgage talk. We are at the cap and we aren’t paying a QB the big money that other teams who are playoff contenders are paying theirs. So what I am talking about has nothing to do with the first 2 games It is basic business practices and how you build a team..

        • stephan costa

          You said and I quote” Alex doesn’t seem comfertable going long. If your not judging that by preseason than what are you judging that by then??? From all the fine posts by our fans on the net from camp he doesn’t seem to have a problemdoing it in practiceagainst our firstteam d. So like I said let’s giveem a chance in a real game before we throw out ridiculous statements like that ok

          • jimfromkcj

            Stephen, I try to watch the Chiefs and a few other developing teams, but I have never been an advocate of modeling the chiefs after any other team. In fact I was vocally against the Chiefs trying to make our team the Patriots West and I am just as much against trying to make the Chiefs into Packer or Steeler clones. We need to have some leadership that makes our own image, and that is what I am looking for. At no time have I ever wanted our team to be the Browns, but you have to have a standard in order to judge what your team is doing and it wouldn’t be fair to use the Jets, Giants or Bears to compare them with. They are big market teams and we will always have to admit that the rules favor them, and we can’t compete with them on an even basis, we have to be smarter in our decisions. So far we have done a very dismal job of being smart.

        • stephan costa

          As for the rest of your statement-of all the small market teams you would have usmodel our team after you pick the browns???? Really???? The browns???? Alrighty then! Do you even follow the NFL????

        • stephan costa

          I respectability disagree Jim. I like what our team has done throughthe draft and free agency.I like it as much as I hated what poop-oli was doing. Also I’m extatic about Clark openingup the purse strings to let our staff do what they see fit to build a competitive team. We will just have to agree to disagree.

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