The Chiefs made some roster moves today of note, as they cut three veterans, releasing quarterback Damon Huard, cornerback Patrick Surtain and linebacker Donnie Edwards. They are the first major moves by new general manager Scott Pioli, who is revamping a team that finished 2-14 last season.
The team will save about $9 million with the release the highly paid veterans. Huard, 36, signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal two years ago. The eight-year veteran threw for 477 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in five games before being benched last season.
The release of Huard means that the QB spot will go to either Brodie Croyle or Tyler Thigpen, or the team could also draft a quarterback. Surtain, who turns 33 in July, is well past his prime. The 11-year veteran was limited by shoulder and quadriceps injuries, recording 10 tackles and one interception in eight games last season. Surtain was owed a base salary of $7 million this season.
His release frees up $6.184 million that the Chiefs now will be able to spend on free agents and draft picks.
Edwards, who turns 36 in April, is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary. The move opens up another $4.5 million in salary-cap space. The 13-year veteran recorded just 34 tackles in a career-low seven games.