The Kansas City Chiefs were active on the transaction wire on May 5, parting ways with six players: wide receivers Gehrig Dieter and Greg Jennings, tight ends Josh Pederson and Nakia Griffin-Stewart, defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal and defensive end Jonathan Woodard, per the NFL’s personnel notice.
The most notable name among the players released was Dieter, a journeyman originally signed to Kansas City’s practice squad as an undrafted rookie in 2017. He was active for a total of 10 games during his five years with the Chiefs, the last being on January 16, 2021, according to Pro Football Reference.
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Twitter users took notice of Dieter’s being cut because he had garnered a reputation for being released and then rejoining Kansas City’s practice squad in some form or fashion during every year of his NFL career.
“Gehrig Dieter will be back by week 3. Dude has 9 lives,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Just give Dieter a contract that allows him to be on the Chiefs as long as 15 is at this point,” another user wrote.
“Is this the final round of Dieter? Hope he can hang around in some capacity-obviously well liked in the locker room,” another user wrote.
Chiefs Invite Frank Clark’s Brother to Rookie Minicamp
The Chiefs have extended an invite to their rookie minicamp to Alabama State defensive tackle Christian Clark, brother of Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark, according to Maliik Obee of Draft HBCUs.
The last two seasons of collegiate football for Christian Clark took place in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. During the spring season, Clark played in five games and recorded 15 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble, per the ASU website. He was named First Team ALL-SWAC in the spring for the second season in a row.
During the fall of 2020, Clark played in 11 games, registering 40 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 blocked kicks and 1.5 sacks.
Clark, whose connection to Kansas City’s three-time Pro Bowl edge rusher likely earned him the invite to rookie minicamp, will have to excel over the three-day camp to earn him a spot on the Chiefs’ 90-man roster.
Rookie minicamp will take place from May 7 to 9.
Chiefs Won’t Play International Game in 2022
On May 4, the NFL announced the league matchups for their 2022 international games in London, Munich and Mexico City.
Although Kansas City had a strong chance to be a part of the first-ever NFL game in Munich against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay will instead be facing the Seattle Seahawks, according to the NFL.
Meanwhile, the three games in London will be the Minnesota Vikings against the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants against the Green Bay Packers, and the Denver Broncos against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Mexico City game will feature the Arizona Cardinals facing the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs will be playing in Germany soon, though. Kansas City was one of just four NFL teams that has “international marketing rights” in Germany, and all four teams will play in Munich at some point during the five-year term that the teams and Germany have agreed upon.
“If we’re not selected this year [for an international game], I think that we’ll be selected in the next two or three years,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said on April 29. “Obviously, we would be excited to play in Germany if the opportunity presents itself.”