The K.C. Chiefs announced a couple roster moves on Monday that included releasing one fringe wide receiver, officially signing a familiar face, and adding a second long snapper of all things.
On Monday, the Chiefs made the return of defensive end Alex Okafor official, which brings back the veteran lineman for a third season with the team after restructuring his contract a year ago to terminate an original third contractual season with the Chiefs.
Okafor gives the Chiefs a known commodity at a position filled with potential yet problems. Frank Clark faces legal questions around two arrests stemming from felony weapons charges this spring and summer. Joshua Kaindoh is a raw rookie import who will need time to contribute. Taco Charlton is coming off of injury, and Mike Danna is blossoming in his second season with the team. Tim Ward isn’t exactly a proven product either.
The Chiefs also announced the release of wide receiver Chris Finke and intimated that he was injured but the wording was rather funny.
Aside from the joke that the Chiefs injured someone, Finke’s release clarifies the picture a bit more at wide receiver for those who are left competing for important roles down the depth chart for special teams and potential return roles. Finke, a Notre Dame product, was originally signed at the beginning of May after spending part of last season with the San Francisco 49ers as a priority free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs still have a plethora of other wide receivers in the mix for those lower depth chart spots on the active roster (and likely practice squad spots), including Daurice Fountain, Maurice Ffrench, Gehrig Dieter, Marcus Kemp, Darrius Shepherd, Chad Williams, Dalton Schoen, Joe Fortson, and Antonio Callaway.
As for the signing of Drew Scott, he was brought in since James Winchester, the team’s long-term long snapper, was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list. He’ll likely only be around as long as Winchester is sick/quarantined.