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Chiefs Release Tony Moeaki

The Kansas City Chiefs appear to have released former draft pick, TE Tony Moeaki.

Moeaki announced the release himself:

Chiefs guard Jeff Allen let his now former teammate know that he would be missed:

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming for Moeaki. He came into the NFL with an injury stigma and hasn’t been able to shake it. Despite having a successful rookie season, Moeaki missed the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL, suffered in the preseason. He returned to action in 2012 and struggled to make an impact early in the year. Though he began playing better near the end of the season, Moeaki missed more time during the offseason program as he recovered from a knee scope. His latest injury was a fractured shoulder, which was going to cost him significant time in 2013.

It appears as though the new regime in Kansas City isn’t interested in waiting for Moeaki to heal.

Moeaki is certainly talented but in the NFL, if you aren’t on the field, you don’t have much value.

The Chiefs will be making more cuts later today. Stay tuned.

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  • Montez K.


    • Patrick Allen

      Sucks but the injuries were just piling up too high.

      • Montez K.

        Agreed. I just really couldn’t wait to see what he could do should he not have injury…I hope he gets another chance with another team, he just has had bad luck! Hopefully Kelce steps up and holds onto the ball in the regular season

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    He was a favorite of mine. Pity, he could have been a very good tight end in this league if he could stay healthy.

    • KCMikeG

      True. This is so sad as he’s a great guy too. His rookie year he broke Tony G’s records. Such huge potential never realized due to injury.

  • Montez K.

    I feel like a the last part of Tony Gonzalez just left #ChiefsKingdom #stillpainful #heshouldstillbeachief

    • KCMikeG

      Couldn’t have said it better. Is there any chance if he rehabs he could come back and try out/physical later this year or next year OTA’s?

  • Lyle Graversen

    Stinks, I had high hopes for him, but it makes sense. With Clay Harbor released by Philly and DJ Williams released by GB I would guess that we’ll be claiming his replacement shortly.

  • Mark Bustamante

    I knew this was coming. Sorry to see him go but he seemed to be injury prone. We now weed to find another TE. I’m sure THE D MAN is looking to see who has been cut

  • clay simester

    I would have been shocked if they didn’t cut him. In fact, i almost suggested they cut him in a post last week. Regardless of how good he was, or how good he could have been, you just can’t hold on to a guy that is never on the field. There’s really no reason to believe that the same thing wouldn’t continue to happen throughout his career. Time to move on and spend the money elsewhere. I know it sucks, but we all know it’s a business, and we have to do what we have to do to give us every chance to improve overall as a team

  • BWrangler

    I called this at the beginning of the run-up to camp. Now that it’s happened, I feel a little bit sad, but it’s for “What Might Have Been”.

    Good luck Tony. I don’t wish you any ill, but you just haven’t done for the Nation.

  • Jim Harper

    I don’t think this was a bad move, but it did surprise me nonetheless. The latest injury was the final straw. Ironically this will assure us that nobody else takes him either. Teams will be especially reluctant to sign him without significant assurance that he is healthy. I just hope it does not end his career. I wish him all the luck. He remains one of my greatest memories. I was at the SF game with seats in the 2nd row of that end zone when he made that memorable TD catch right in front of me. It was like the entire stadium got hit with a lightening bolt.

    • KCMikeG

      I was there too Jim and saw it from the the field level at the south end of the end zone which was the direction he was facing when he extended and possessed the ball with one hand keeping both feet in the best catch I have ever seen. It was like it was in slow motion and when the Sea of Red ROARED it’s approval it was so loud at times it was so loud I couldn’t hear it – like was so loud I couldn’t hear it again until it fell a few decibels back down into my hearing range. Those are the kind of plays and games and Chief’s experiences that got me back in 69 and will forever fuel my loyalty to the Chiefs. I feel something special beginning and can’t wait to be a part of again.
      Thanks for bringing up that fantastic catch Jim!

  • Jim Harper

    I’ve already commented about Moeaki, but just read some of the other cuts and Denver cut Lilja. I will be curious to see if the Chiefs go get him. He is the kind of veteran backup they need on the OL.

    • KCMikeG

      Great idea Jim. What do you think of Shiancoe? Was great with the Vikes then their QB play declined and he was traded. Ravens cut him because Pitta and Dickson are both going to be back.

      • Jim Harper

        I like Shiancoe, but would rather see them stick with the youth movement with Kelce and Brock. Combined with Fasano I don’t see TE as a position of need that requires money to be spent.

  • Danny W

    If Jeff Allen isn’t careful he may be cut next. He’s a horrible guard.