Chiefs release defensive lineman Vance Walker

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The Chiefs have released defensive lineman Vance Walker.

The move will save the Chiefs $1.7 million against the salary cap, leaving them approximately $1.1 million over. The Chiefs must be under the cap by Tuesday, when the NFL league year begins.

The Chiefs signed Walker, 27, to a three-year deal worth $13 million last offseason.

Walker, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 305 pounds, didn’t make much of an impact, however, as he couldn’t get ahead of Allen Bailey or third-year pro Jaye Howard on the depth chart and ended up recording 19 tackles and two sacks in 16 games, but only two starts.

The Chiefs still have a number of defensive ends on their roster, including Bailey, Howard, Mike DeVito, Mike Catapano, Vaughn Martin, Jerel Worthy and Nick Williams. The Chiefs could still save $4 million by releasing DeVito, who missed almost all of the 2014 season because of a torn Achilles’.

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