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.