Kansas City Chiefs Release WR and DE Ahead of OTA Practices

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The Kansas City Chiefs have made some roster changes in preparation for their OTA practices this month, announcing the release of two wide receivers and a defensive lineman. Notably, one of the wide receivers let go was a former second-round pick.

Heading into the draft, the Kansas City Chiefs recognized the need to bolster their wide receiver corps for the upcoming season. This decision was influenced by the legal issues surrounding second-year wide receiver Rashee Rice and the choice to decline Kardarius Toney’s fifth-year option. To address this need, the team traded up to select Xavier Worthy with the 28th pick, aiming to complement Marquise Brown.

With these new additions, the Kansas City Chiefs made the decision to part ways with wide receivers Anthony Miller and Shi Smith, as well as defensive end Jordan Smith, according to Aaron Wilson of KPRC.

Anthony Miller was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft and has also seen playing time with the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout his career, he has amassed 140 receptions, 1,589 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

Despite signing a reserve/future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in January, Miller was released before the start of OTA practices.

Shi Smith, drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, joined the Chiefs on a reserve/futures contract in January.

Jordan Smith, selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, also signed a reserve/future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in January.

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