The Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with four-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Brian Waters, the team announced on Thursday.
Waters appeared in 163 games, including 149 starts, and started in three playoff games during his 11-year career with the Chiefs. Waters, who entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1999, signed with the Chiefs in 2000.
He was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2009. Neither the team nor Waters gave a specific reason for his release, but Waters did say that he intends to continue his NFL playing career elsewhere.
“Brian has played a key role in our progress and I am personally grateful for his contributions to this team”, said General Manager Scott Pioli in a statement on the team's website. “He and I had a good discussion and mutually agreed that this is a sound football decision for both Brian and the Chiefs. Brian has been an integral part of this organization and will always be part of the Kansas City Chiefs. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Waters, in a statement, thanked the 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," said Waters in a statement. "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."
“I truly appreciate Brian's professionalism and consistent approach to the game on and off the field," said Chiefs head coach Todd Haley in a statement. "That was of great significance especially while trying to create a solid foundation for this football team. I know his work ethic and competitiveness will allow him to continue to be successful and I want to thank him for his contributions to our team.”Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times