Chiefs part ways with Brian Waters

One of the best Kansas City Chiefs in at least the last two decades is moving on.

The club announced tonight that five-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters has been released. Waters spent 11 seasons with the organization, and he clashed with coach Todd Haley when the new regime took over in 2009.

But then the player and coach worked together so while the move isn’t a total shock, it did come out of the blue.

“I’d like to thank the entire Chiefs organization, especially for giving me an opportunity as a young player when other teams wouldn’t. I’m grateful for the coaches, teammates and support staff who helped me become the player and man I am today,” Waters said. “I’d also like to thank the fans of Kansas City who cheered us on. The Chiefs and I have mutually agreed on this decision and although I look forward to continuing my career, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kansas City."

Waters has been an integral figure in the Kansas City community, often volunteering for various causes. He’s been every bit the stalwart off the field that he has been on the field.

“My family and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Brian both as a player and a person, and we wish him the best in the future,” owner Clark Hunt said. “From his performance on the field over the years to being named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2009, Brian has been an outstanding member of the Chiefs organization, and when he is ready to retire, we’ll welcome him back to do so as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs."

Now, the 34-year-old hits a crowded free agent market that swelled Thursday with all of the cuts. Surely, he’ll find work soon if he’s motivated.

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