KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs this week acquired quarterbacks Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, making former starter Matt Cassel expendable.
The Chiefs are trying to trade Cassel and will release him from his contract if they fail to accomplish that.
But, for the time being, Cassel remains with the Chiefs.
"Currently, Matt is on our roster," general manager John Dorsey said. "As the days go along, we'll see what happens there."
Cassel had been a regular for offseason workouts at the Chiefs' practice facility. Coach Andy Reid indicated Cassel more recently was out of town on vacation.
"We've communicated with him and he understood the situation that was taking place today," Reid said. "It wasn't a secret to him or his representative. He deserves the respect we're going to try to give him right now."
Dorsey goes to San Francisco
Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey is no longer a Chief.
Dorsey reached a free-agent agreement with the 49ers on Wednesday. Dorsey, the Chiefs' top draft pick in 2008 when they selected him No. 5 overall, signed a two-year deal with San Francisco.
"I think everybody can see they have a winning formula," Dorsey of the 49ers on a conference call. "I'm just glad I get the opportunity to be a part of that."
Dorsey's time in Kansas City wasn't all that memorable, but his departure makes the Chiefs' signing of free-agent defensive tackle Mike DeVito, who comes over from the New York Jets, all the more important.
DeVito reunites with new Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who coached the Jets' linebackers until being hired this winter by Reid.A homecoming for Daniel
Daniel played in college at Missouri and said he considered signing with the Chiefs to be a homecoming.
"It's great to be back in this part of the country," said Daniel, who backed up Drew Brees for the New Orleans Saints the last four seasons. "It's 120 miles down the road playing my college ball at the University of Missouri. There's a lot of the same fans, a lot of the same fan base. I'm excited to be back here."
Daniel will be the backup for Smith.In praise of McCluster
Slot receiver Dexter McCluster has provided few big plays for the Chiefs since he was picked in the second round of the 2010 draft.
But, without divulging specifics, Reid indicated he had plans for McCluster.
"I like McCluster," Reid said. "I think he's a good football player and he has a role on this football team. I've got some things in mind for him."
Reid said tight end Tony Moeaki, drafted one round after McCluster in 2010, had arthroscopic knee surgery after the season but will be ready to go when offseason practice begins in May.
The Chiefs this week signed a second tight end, Miami's Anthony Fasano, as a free agent. Reid said the Chiefs have plans to use many two-tight end formations.
"It's important that (Moeaki) gets himself healthy and he works on the rehab part of that," Reid said. "The combination of those two is something we're looking at as a positive."Done in free-agency, for now
After the Chiefs signed four players in the first 24 hours of free agency, Reid indicated no more free-agent additions were imminent.
Now, attention turns to the April 25-27 NFL Draft, in which the Chiefs hold the No. 1 overall selection.
"Who knows what happens from here?" Reid said. "We had this wave here, and then we're going to step back and kind of analyze what's out there now. Is there a move to be made here or there? Yeah, possibly. But you're digging in on the draft now.
"It's important to get ourselves ready for the draft. Both John and I have said this before: That's kind of where you build your football team. It's not necessarily through free-agency. That's not what we're trying to attempt to do."Douglass let go
Director of player development Katie Douglass has not been retained by the Chiefs' new football administration.
Douglass was one of six front-office employees who were let go recently, though a source with the team said all of the others were unrelated to the change in general manager and head coach.
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