Dealing With Roster Cuts: Saying Goodbye


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Roster cuts are an inevitable part of the NFL. Teams release players who no longer fit the needs of the team, to make room for new talent. It’s a simple enough concept, and usually the idea of adding new talent is tantalizing enough that the cuts themselves don’t bother me. This year, however, the Chiefs stand to lose some players I’ve absolutely loved rooting for at Arrowhead. While I understand why each of the following cuts may happen (and in some cases, why they may be necessary), it doesn’t change the fact that I’ll be sad to see these three players go, should Dorsey decide that’s best.

Dwayne Bowe

Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Bowe is in all likelihood gone. I know a lot of fans have issues with Bowe, and I share a lot of the same concerns. I certainly don’t think he’s worth the money he is being paid. That being said, if Dorsey can’t convince him to restructure his contract, I’ll be sad to see him go. Bowe has shown flashes in Kansas City, namely the 2010 season that saw him establish himself as a dominant wide receiver. Sure, he hasn’t produced much by way of numbers since then, but almost more impressive to me is the maturity and growth Bowe has demonstrated in Kansas City. The Bowe Show has been cancelled, and in its’ place Bowe has earnestly proven to be a dedicated and committed teammate. While I’ll understand his release should it come, it doesn’t change the fact that a part of me will miss the guy.

Eric Berry

Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Berry’s contract situation is another one I fear reading about in the news. I love Eric Berry. I love watching him play, I love the fire he inspires in his teammates, I love his natural leadership and what it does for our defense. What I don’t love is the idea of the Chiefs letting go of a player who can (and in my opinion, will) become an absolute Super Star. We’re talking Ed Reed-type potential to change games. I understand how tricky this situation has gotten for Dorsey and the Chiefs, namely because with Berry’s lymphoma diagnosis and subsequent treatment, no one knows exactly when he’ll be ready to hit the field again. There are a lot of options on the table for Berry, but the only one I don’t want to see is cutting him. Do what you have to do with Berry to save cap if he isn’t expected to play in 2015. Don’t, however, cut a player who will come back stronger and better. Ditching Berry will haunt the Chiefs for years if that’s the route they choose.

Tamba Hali

Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (91) during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The cut I’m most afraid of seeing is also one of the most likely ones to expect this offseason; Tamba Hali. The cards are stacked against the Chiefs keeping Tamba. Dorsey is still high on Tamba’s playing ability, which is  a positive sign, but the fact of the matter is last year Kansas City drafted Tamba’s successor in Dee Ford. With Justin Houston about to command a huge payday on the other side, it isn’t likely that the Chiefs can keep both of their stud pass-rush specialists. If the day comes when Tamba Hali has been let go of the Chiefs, I’ll be immensely sad. Tamba has been one of my absolute favorite players; his drive and determination are nothing short of astounding, as is his motor. Watching Tamba Hali play is the equivalent of watching a vicious bulldog chase away strangers. The guy never quits. Add to that the fact that he’s one of the most well-spoken, polite players on the team off the field, and that he’s a leader and mentor to the best positional group on the Chiefs’ roster, and it’s clear; Tamba Hali is an absolute asset to the Kansas City Chiefs, and one I’ll be immensely sad to see walk away.

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So what do you think Addicts? For the sake of improvement, cuts need to be made. That much is true. But are there any players who are potential cuts you’ll miss come game time at Arrowhead next year? Let us know in the comments.

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