The Kansas City Chiefs have at least one veteran on their active roster ahead of their Week 4 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chiefs released linebacker Elijah Lee on Sept. 27, according to the NFL’s transaction announcement.
Kansas City signed 26-year-old Lee to a one-year deal on March 22. A six-year NFL veteran, Lee was expected to fight for defensive replays behind sophomore linebacker Nick Bolton and third-year linebacker Willie Gay. However, play by rookie third-round pick Leo Chenal and Darius Harris, who is filling in for Gay during his four-game suspension, pushed Lee down the depth chart. Because of this, the Chiefs severed ties with him at the end of preseason and then added him to their practice team at the start of the regular season.
The Chiefs promoted Lee to their 53-man roster on Sept. 10. However, aside from 8 defensive snaps in Week 1, Lee hasn’t earned a snap outside of special teams according to the last two games Pro Soccer Reference.
Even though Lee was fired by the Chiefs, that doesn’t mean his time in Kansas City is officially over. Now that he’s a free agent, Lee could re-sign with Chiefs Practice Squad if Kansas City offers him another contract. Time will tell if that actually happens.
Another transaction from the reigning AFC West champions is the team signing defensive tackle Cortez Broughton to the practice team. Broughton spent time with the Chiefs last season and was active for one regular-season game. This season, Kansas City put him on the active/disabled list beginning of August and cut him at the end of preseason.
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