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August 21, 2014

Chiefs trade guard Rishaw Johnson to Tampa Bay for safety Kelcie McCray

The KC Chiefs traded offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson, who lost the starting right guard spot during training camp, to Tampa Bay for safety Kelcie McCray, who also has played for the Dolphins.

When the Chiefs let Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah depart via free agency, coach Andy Reid said second-year pro Rishaw Johnson would get the first crack at earning the starting right guard position.

On Thursday, that experiment came to an end as the Chiefs dealt him to Tampa Bay for third-year safety Kelcie McCray.

McCray, 25, had 12 tackles and a pass deflection in 15 games last season with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCray, who is 6 feet 1 and 205 pounds, entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Miami before being claimed via waivers by Tampa Bay last October.

The Chiefs claimed Johnson on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks before the season opener last September.

Johnson, 25, is a former undrafted free agent who is 6 feet 3 and 313 pounds. He got the start in the Chiefs’ regular-season finale against the Chargers last season and played well enough to get the first crack at replacing Schwartz and Asamoah.

However, sixth-round rookie Zach Fulton started taking some of his first-string snaps in organized-team activities and finally overtook Johnson for good during training camp, as Fulton got the start with the first team in the preseason opener against Cincinnati and never looked back.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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