In last Friday morning’s one-liners, we had a note about Utah defensive end/linebacker Jason Fanaika talking about how cool it would be if he was drafted by the Chiefs so he could play on the same team as his cousin Paul Fanaika.
The elder Fanaika was on the Chiefs’ roster as a guard at the time, but Jason will be the only Fanaika on the Kansas City roster should the Chiefs select him later this week. The NFL’s daily transactions report brings word that Paul Fanaika has been released.
Fanaika’s tenure with the Chiefs ends without him seeing any regular season action for the team. He signed with the team as a free agent last March, but was placed on injured reserve in early September with a back injury. Fanaika started 30 games for the Cardinals in 2013 and 2014 and will now try to find a new home for 2016.
The Chiefs have Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at one guard spot and could put Zach Fulton at the other one, but Fanaika’s departure likely increases the chances they’ll be drafting to bolster the depth at the position at the very least.