The Chiefs made a pair of moves Tuesday, as they released veteran safety Jimmy Wilson and waived linebacker Cameron Gordon.
Both were signed as free agents this offseason,.
Wilson’s release, which comes just one month after he signed, is a bit of a surprise since he was made available to the media during a conference call following his signing. When a player receives this treatment, it is typically a sign the player is being deemed valuable enough to, at the very least, make it to training camp.
However, after a draft that saw the Chiefs select three cornerbacks — Notre Dame’s KeiVarae Russell, Minnesota’s Eric Murray and Georgia Tech’s D.J. White — the club will have a number of young secondary players they’ve invested draft picks in attempting to make the roster. The list includes 2015 first-round pick Marcus Peters, 2013 third-round pick Phillip Gaines and 2015 third-round pick Steven Nelson.
At safety, the Chiefs still have starters Eric Berry and Ron Parker, along with a special teams cog in Daniel Sorensen. Converted corner Jamell Fleming and veteran Stevie Brown, who signed the same day Wilson was, could also compete for playing time.
Other defensive backs on the roster include cornerback Marcus Cooper, cornerback Deveron Carr, cornerback Keith Lewis and safety Jordan Kovacs.
Wilson, who turns 30 in July, is a six-year pro who has played for the Dolphins and Chargers. He started 13 games for the Dolphins in 2014, recording 58 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception. In 13 games and six starts with the Chargers last year, he recorded 44 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception. The Chargers waived Wilson in December.
Gordon, 24, was signed to a reserve-futures contract in January.
Gordon, who is listed at 6 feet 3 and 240 pounds, recorded 40 tackles and five sacks as a senior at Michigan in 2013. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots the next year, and he has spent the last two training camps with them. He has not appeared an in NFL game.