Chiefs Release Andy Studebaker


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The Kansas City Chiefs have released OLB Andy Studebaker, according to Studebaker’s Twitter account

He tweeted the message below.

Studebaker went on to say that this is not an April Fools prank.

Studebaker had his opportunities with the Chiefs but despite a few promising performances, he was never able to grab hold of the open position left when former Chief Mike Vrabel retired.

Studebaker will probably best be remembered for his performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. The Chiefs were heavy underdogs and Studebaker picked off two Ben Roethlisberger passes, one of which he nearly returned for a touchdown.

Studebaker was also the guy that emerged with the football in 2011 during the Halloween “Monday Night Miracle” game against the Chargers.

Still, Studebaker failed to catch on. He struggled rushing the passer and setting the edge. He settled into a reserve role and played only 59 snaps on defense in 2012.

Interestingly enough, the Chiefs plucked Studebaker from the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad in 2008. The Eagles drafted him in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

I actually thought Studebaker might see an increased role now that Andy Reid was the Chiefs’ head coach. After all, Reid was in Philly when Studebaker was drafted.

I am guessing when GM John Dorsey and Reid popped in the tape they decided Studebaker wasn’t progressing. The move also frees up a couple of million in salary cap space that the Chiefs will need to sign their rookies after the draft.

What do you think, Addicts? Are you shocked Studebaker is gone?