[Kansas City.com] The Chiefs initially planned to make their final roster cuts Friday, but they will go down to today’s NFL deadline to pare to the league-mandated 53 players.
Blame it, in part, on Ryan Lilja.
The Chiefs two years ago tried to sneak Lilja, a young offensive-line prospect from Shawnee Mission Northwest and Kansas State, onto their practice squad.
He never made it there. Indianapolis grabbed Lilja off waivers, and he’s now a starter for the Colts.
The Chiefs have since been skittish about exposing good prospects to other teams. The Chiefs were wrestling with exactly how many offensive-line prospects such as tackles Will Svitek and Jeremy Parquet and guards Tre Stallings and Rudy Niswanger they will keep.
“We’ve got some good young offensive linemen,” Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said. “We’ll make a decision there of keeping nine, maybe 10.”
Otherwise, this year’s cuts aren’t overly taxing for the Chiefs.
“I don’t think there are any (particularly) difficult decisions,” Peterson said.