Despite entering 2009 as Kansas City’s starting right guard, the move doesn’t have much of an impact on transforming the Chiefs roster from where it left off to end the 2009 season.
Goff started the first seven games of 2009 before injuring his shoulder vs. San Diego (10/25) and heading to injured reserve on November 11th. Wade Smith started the majority of games at right guard following Goff’s injury, with Andy Alleman chipping in with a two starts as well.
One of Goff’s biggest assets prior to arriving in Kansas City was his durability. He had started 113 consecutive games prior suffering the season-ending shoulder injury. That streak dated all the way back to 2002 when he was a member of the Bengals.
The release of Goff leaves the Chiefs with five offensive linemen under contract for 2010. Currently, the Chiefs offensive line position group breaks down as follows.
O-Line under contract for 2010 (5):
T Branden Albert
G Darryl Harris
G Brian Waters
OL Jermail Porter
G Colin Brown
O-Line without contracts for 2010 (6):
C/G Andy Alleman (RFA)
G/T Ikechuku Ndukwe (RFA)
C Rudy Niswanger (RFA)
T Ryan O’Callaghan (RFA)
T Barry Richardson (ERFA)
G/T Wade Smith (UFA)
The announcing of Kansas City’s other signings today – RB Kolby Smith and QB Matt Gutierrez – are a sign of adding depth at each position.
After back-to-back seasons of season-ending injuries, it appears that the Chiefs will give Smith another offseason to prove his health and work on becoming one of the candidates to supplement Jamaal Charles.
Smith played in four games in 2009 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. His return to the field on November 8th at Jacksonville was his first NFL action in over a year since tearing ligaments in his right knee vs. Tampa Bay (11/2/08).
Gutierrez’s return now gives the Chiefs two quarterbacks under contract. Brodie Croyle, the primary backup to starter Matt Cassel in 2009, remains a restricted free agent.
Goff was the third player to be released by the Chiefs this offseason. LBs Weston Dacus and Justin Rogers were released in January.