The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed Tuesday that they have released CB Patrick Surtain, but they also terminated the contracts of LB Donnie Edwards and QB Damon Huard and waived TE Michael Merritt.
Edwards returned to the Chiefs in 2007 after spending five seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He recorded 35 tackles in seven games last season, missing the final six weeks because of a knee injury.
According to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter, Edwards was scheduled to make $5 million in base salary in 2009, and the Chiefs saved $4.5 million against the salary cap by cutting him. Edwards also played in Kansas City from 1996 to 2001.
Huard, who started 21 total games the last three seasons, was deemed expendable after Tyler Thigpen‘s emergence in 2008. Huard’s best season in Kansas City came in 2006, when he threw 11 touchdown passes and only one interception in 10 games, eight of them starts.
Merritt, a rookie from the University of Central Florida, didn’t play in a game for the Chiefs last season.