I’ve been really high on Brett Veach for the most part since he took over as general manager. I have questioned his decision making in the draft due to his propensity for trading up instead of down but seldom have I been critical of personnel moves he’s made.
The Chiefs traded OLB Dadi Nicolas to the Cleveland Browns, the team John Dorsey, who drafted Nicolas, now runs. In exchange the team received TE Randall Telfer. I happen to think both players have upside and have seen their careers stall due to injury. Telfer, a blocking TE that the team desperately needs, was Cleveland’s nomination for Walter Payton Man of the Year, so the quality of character alone makes the move a worthwhile roll of the dice.
But then the trade gets nullified for undisclosed reasons and both players wound up getting cut. Telfer was claimed off waivers by the Chris Ballard-run Colts. Then, oddly enough, he cut Telfer less than two days later. What gives? Since both Telfer and Nicolas have injury history, it stands to reason that one of them may not have passed a physical with his new team. I suspected Nicolas was the culprit, but why would Ballard sign and then immediately release Telfer if it wasn’t for Telfer’s lack of health? While I don’t have the answers I would like to have, it just seems that the Chiefs cut Nicolas for no reason. You can never have too many pass rushers and before he was injured in the 2017 playoffs, Nicolas had flashed potential in that department.
Another of Dorsey’s former draft choices was also cut recently: DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches, a fan-favorite to be sure. “Nacho” who entered the off season as a restricted free agent was tendered a one year, 1.9 million deal to remain in KC. He signed the offer right before the NFL Draft. Had a team signed him, the Chiefs would have been owed a 6th round draft choice in compensation. No one did and Veach clearly found him expendable. While the move does create a modest amount of cap space, Nunez-Roches is 24 years old and plays hard every snap. The Chiefs do not have amazing depth on the defensive line and why Nunez-Roches wasn’t seen as part of the plan and worth the 1.9 million is beyond me. They clearly were using him as trade bait and now he is released into a post-draft market.