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Chiefs waive 2016 third-round pick KeiVarae Russell

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 13:  Defensive back KeiVarae Russell #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs trips up wide receiver E.Z. Nwachukwu #7 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second half on August 13, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) Getty Images

Getting drafted in the first two days of the draft usually buys players a lot of time, but that’s not the case in Kansas City this year.

According to multiple reports, the Chiefs have waived cornerback KeiVarae Russell. Russell was the Chiefs’ third-round pick this year and was inactive for their season-opening win over the Chargers.

Russell was a three-year starter at Notre Dame, although he missed the final two games of his final season in South Bend with a fractured tibia and the entire 2014 season as a result of an investigation into academic improprieties at the school.

If another team had a high grade on Russell heading into the draft, they’ll have the chance to claim him off of waivers. If not, the Chiefs could bring him back to the practice squad.

The team is re-signing linebacker Dezman Moses to fill the open roster spot. Moses was released last week.

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16 Responses to “Chiefs waive 2016 third-round pick KeiVarae Russell”
  1. jjackwagon says: Sep 14, 2016 11:27 AM

    Being waived by a team that is already thin at Corner is not a good sign.

  2. intrafinesse says: Sep 14, 2016 11:40 AM

    Since when does a team waive a third round pick after 1 game, unless its for drugs/attitude/bad behavior?

    If he’s just awful, then the scouting department needs to see what they did wrong. Third round picks can become good starters their first year. So to cut a third rounder so soon after drafting him means they didn’t do their homework.

  3. ngatasteelersfan says: Sep 14, 2016 11:42 AM

    It takes time to mature into the cornerback position… this might be a really stupid move.

  4. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 14, 2016 11:46 AM

    Chiefs can cut a 3rd round pick, but Reggie Bush is still on the Bills… Sorry to hijack, just sour.

  5. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:55 AM

    This looks just plain bad for the Chiefs. First 3 picks need to contribute in year one.

  6. kcflake says: Sep 14, 2016 12:02 PM

    This looks just plain bad for the Chiefs. First 3 picks need to contribute in year one.

    2nd Round Pick Chris Jones has played incredibly well and looks like a beast / Steal.

  7. gonehoggin says: Sep 14, 2016 12:19 PM

    Think I will wait and see on this one. Something must be going on. Restructure Houston and cut this guy. Are they going after maybe a pass rusher.

  8. 49tinakane says: Sep 14, 2016 12:20 PM

    Taking a page out of the packers scouting department, If you wiff on a 3rd round pick but discover that 2 or 3 years later not the end of the world happens often, but to waive after one game and he was inactive ? reeks of something more to the story then lack of ability to play ball

  9. kcflake says: Sep 14, 2016 12:21 PM

    The Draft is a casino. The CB we took in round 6 outplayed the one we took in round 3.

    I just wish we had used the 3rd rounder to draft someone else.

    Russell sucked from day 1. I would have kept him around for a year or 2 and see if he caught on.

  10. dmuehlhausen says: Sep 14, 2016 12:31 PM

    While I think they should have maybe waived somebody like De’Anthony Thomas this is fine.

    They did it, because if watched the game on Sunday the pass rush was god awful. Dezman Moses showed some rush ability (better than Zombo) in the pre-season.

    He probably won’t clear waivers but I’m sure if he does they have already told him they will bring him back to the practice squad.

  11. finchy74 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:35 PM

    While I don’t agree with some of the comments stating that 3rd round picks should contribute their first year, this move is troubling.

    I suspect there was a behavior/attitude issue here, something the scouts should have picked up on.

  12. uglydingo says: Sep 14, 2016 12:40 PM

    intrafinesse says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:40 AM
    Since when does a team waive a third round pick after 1 game, unless its for drugs/attitude/bad behavior?
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Probably all of the above. He attended Notre Dame, therefore by definition, he comes with an entitled bad boy attitude.

  13. rufustfireflyjr says: Sep 14, 2016 12:42 PM

    ngatasteelersfan says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:42 AM
    “It takes time to mature into the cornerback position… this might be a really stupid move.”

    Actually it’s easier to excel at cornerback quickly in the NFL than it is at just about any other position, because so much of what they do is instinctive and reactive, and not learned.

  14. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 14, 2016 2:18 PM

    6/3/2016: Signed a four-year, $3.36 million contract. The deal included an $813,128 signing bonus. 2016: $450,000.

    Does he get to keep all of the signing bonus?

  15. raiderapologist says: Sep 14, 2016 8:26 PM

    rufustfireflyjr says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:42 PM

    ngatasteelersfan says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:42 AM
    “It takes time to mature into the cornerback position… this might be a really stupid move.”

    Actually it’s easier to excel at cornerback quickly in the NFL than it is at just about any other position, because so much of what they do is instinctive and reactive, and not learned.
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    Nah. Running back, if they can pass block and have decent hands. Guards and defensive tackles, because they can hide inside a little. Corners get three years, unless they’re un-coachable turds.

  16. slick50ks says: Sep 14, 2016 9:55 PM

    No more ND trash.

    Also, we had two 3rd’s so, whatever.

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