Kilian cut by Chiefs


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Jan 22, 2006
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QB falters in Europe
Kilian cut by Chiefs
Ex-second-round pick Freeman also let go
The Kansas City Star

James Kilian, we hardly knew ye.

One year after the Chiefs drafted him as a developmental quarterback, Kilian has been released. Kansas City also has cut defensive lineman Eddie Freeman, a second-round draft pick in 2002.

Freeman never developed into a reliable player, lasted only two seasons in Kansas City and then was added to the roster this winter.

Both players failed to dazzle the Chiefs’ decision-makers in NFL Europe. On one very bad day in late April, Kilian threw two interceptions in an 18-17 Hamburg loss, was eight of 17 and then learned the Chiefs had picked Brodie Croyle in the third round of the draft.

“James Kilian has not played to the level we liked,” president/general manager Carl Peterson said in the weeks before the cuts. “He’s a fine young guy. The whole idea was to put him in Europe and see how he could and would perform.

“Through eight games, he had a quarterback rating of 51.1. If I can do this in a way that is diplomatic … watching him, it was a pretty easy decision for me when Brodie Croyle was there in the third round.”

The quarterback situation should be one of the more intriguing issues at training camp next month. The Chiefs have Croyle, CFL star Casey Printers, and veterans Trent Green and Damon Huard.

Barring any quick, miracle ascensions, Huard probably will be Green’s backup.

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