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Another change to Chiefs defense: Rakeem Nuñez-Roches says "it's time to move on"

Chiefs defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches (right) congratulated defensive end Chris Jones in the closing minute of the Chiefs’ 30-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on December 16, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches (right) congratulated defensive end Chris Jones in the closing minute of the Chiefs’ 30-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on December 16, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium. deulitt@kcstar.com

The reshaping of the Chiefs defense continued Tuesday with the apparent release of tackle Rakeem Nuñez-Roches.

The Chiefs didn't make an announcement but the player known as “Nacho” by teammates made what appeared to be parting words in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

“I just want to thank the Chiefs organization for everything they did for me and my family, I really appreciate it,” Nuñez-Roches said. “But now it’s time to move on.

“it’s a bitter moment but good things come from hard times.”

Nuñez-Roches, a native of Belize, was a sixth-round pick from Southern Mississippi in 2015 and worked his way into the defensive front rotation. In three seasons, he appeared in 34 games with 16 starts.

He started 11 of 16 games last season. Nuñez-Roches recorded 1 1/2 sacks in his career. He was due to make $1.9 million this season.

The Chiefs made defense a priority in this year’s draft, using their first five picks for players on that side of the ball. The haul included third-round pick Derrick Nnadi, a defensive tackle from Florida State.

In other moves on Tuesday, the Chiefs waived running back Akeem Hunt with a failed physical designation, released defensive tackle Stefan Charles and claimed tight end Alex Ellis off waivers.

Hunt appeared in 15 games last season, mostly on special teams. He had eight carries for 23 yards and was the team’s top kick return man with 25 returns for 611 yards. Hunt broke an ankle in the regular-season finale at Denver.

Charles played 49 career games with the Bills and Lions but sat out last season after the Jaguars cut him.

Ellis was recently released by the Saints. He appeared in six games with the Jaguars as a rookie in 2016 and recorded three receptions for 11 yards. With the recent trade for Browns tight end Randall Telfer voided, Ellis could become the blocker the Chiefs seek at that position.

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