Chiefs release Paul Fanaika

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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.

4 responses to “Chiefs release Paul Fanaika

  1. Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff is a comer at RG. I predict big things for that guy; love the explosion and leverage he gets while maintaining his block. Plus his size and footwork are superior. With experience – and he still needs a couple of more years due to his limited background – he’ll be very good.

    Coincidentally today I read on Arrowhead Pride a listing of the Chiefs ten best 6th round picks and he wasn’t listed. What an egregious oversight.

  2. Fanaika was a panic signing after the Mike McGlynn (McSpin) debacle in 2014. He became superfluous after Ben Grubbs suddenly became available. After they picked up Jah Reid and saw Duvernay-Tardif make progress as the season wore on, he was as good as gone.
    The Chiefs line is pretty well set. Fisher and Schwartz are set as the starting tackles, with Morse at C and Jah Reid likely set at RG. LG will likely be an open competition between LDT, one or two other developmental OL currently on the roster, and a choice from the upcoming draft. Fulton is likely set as the primary C/G backup.

  3. The Chiefs line is pretty well set? They were rated in the bottom 3rd of the league last yr, bottom 5 in pass blocking. They let their best OLineman, JAllen go. Fisher has yet to live up to his billing. JReid was a disaster, LDT not much better. Talk about whistling past the graveyard.

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