With Week 1 of the NFL preseason in the books, each of the 32 teams must trim their roster from 90 to 85 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16. After a disappointing 19-14 loss to the Chicago Bears on Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs haven't wasted any time trimming the fat — including one player who was an offseason trade acquisition.
Chiefs Roster Cuts
Cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. was the most notable name of the Chiefs' cuts on Monday morning. The former 2019 second-round pick was acquired from the Houston Texans back in May for a 2024 conditional seventh-round pick.
Johnson's cut comes as a surprise considering how high Kansas City's coaches talked about him at training camp. He only recorded three tackles in the loss to the Bears, so perhaps his performance wasn't as dominant as the coaching staff hoped to see.
After the Chiefs had a bottom-10 pass defense in 2021, fans had high hopes for Johnson. In addition to his draft pedigree, the former Kentucky product tallied six defended passes, three interceptions and a 57.9% completion rate when targeted in 14 games with the Texans last season.
Nevertheless, Johnson has a good mindset about his situation. Shortly after his release, he took to Twitter to share an inspirational message, saying that he'll "bounce back from every setback and negative situation." He's only 26 years old, so rebounding elsewhere is possible.
In addition to Johnson, the Chiefs also cut wideouts Omar Bayless and Gary Jennings, as well as offensive tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk. They also signed defensive tackle Danny Shelton to what will likely be a one-year deal.
Commanders vs. Chiefs Odds
The next round of Chiefs cuts will follow the team's next preseason game against the Washington Commanders on Saturday, Aug. 20. For now, Kansas City sits as the 3-point home favorite with -110 odds to cover the spread, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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