Kansas City Chiefs release tight end Ross Travis

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13: Ross Travis and Demetrius Harris
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13: Ross Travis and Demetrius Harris /

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the release of back-up tight end Ross Travis from the roster. No corresponding moves were announced at this time.

At this point, the Kansas City Chiefs are clearing room for some unannounced roster move. The space cleared by the team has come in the form of tight end Ross Travis, who was released on Monday afternoon.

Travis first signed with the Chiefs in 2015 as an undrafted free agent who came in as a complete project. Together with Demetrius Harris, the pair were the Chiefs primary back-up tight ends as Andy Reid’s staff was tasked with the transition of both Travis and Harris from college basketball players to professional football players.

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Travis has staved off plenty of competition in recent years to remain on the active roster, including former draft pick James O’Shaughnessy and recent free agent signing Gavin Escobar. The Chiefs were clearly enamored with the upside of Travis, having kept him around this long, but somehow he’s been deemed expendable. It’s possible that Travis ends back up on the team’s practice squad or even re-signing to the active roster, depending on future moves related to this transaction.

Travis played in a total of 16 games over the last two seasons for the Chiefs and he even started 3 games this year. Travis caught 5 catches so far in 2017 out of a potential 12 targets for 43 total receiving yards.

Travis played college basketball at Penn State and played in 131 games in a four-year career. He averaged 6.3 points per game for the Nittany Lions.

The move leaves Harris and Travis Kelce as the only tight ends currently on the roster, but again, corresponding moves have yet to be announced.