Chiefs release three veterans

Updated: February 25, 2009, 8:57 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three oft-injured veterans who hardly played last season were cut loose on Tuesday by the Kansas City Chiefs: linebacker Donnie Edwards, quarterback Damon Huard and cornerback Patrick Surtain.

The Chiefs announced on their Web site they terminated the contracts of the three, none of whom played much during the 2-14 season.

The moves were made without comment by Scott Pioli, the Chiefs' new general manager, or new coach Todd Haley.

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The Chiefs also said they waived tight end Michael Merritt, who played very little last year as a rookie.

Edwards, 35, was a fourth-round draft pick by Kansas City in 1996 and led the Chiefs in tackles for four years. He signed a free agent contract with San Diego but rejoined the Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent in 2007. He played in only seven games this past season and had 34 tackles.

Huard, also 35, has been a career backup to some of the game's best quarterbacks, including Dan Marino at Miami and Tom Brady at New England. He was with the Chiefs the past five years, but injuries caused him to miss the last 11 games of 2008.

Surtain, 32, appeared in only eight games in 2008 and totaled 11 tackles.

Surtain started two games last season because of a youth movement. He was entering the fifth season of his seven-year, $52 million deal and was scheduled to make $7.35 million in 2009.

His release will save the Chiefs $6.2 million of cap space.

The 11-year veteran has had a distinguished career. He has 37 career interceptions and has been to three Pro Bowls. He's been named as an All-Pro twice. Surtain was a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1998.

Information from ESPN.com's John Clayton and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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