Chiefs fans may want to wish for good health to quarterback Matt Cassel. The pro bowl QB has only two back-up quarterbacks behind him at camp and they have completed all of four NFL passes between them. Last year’s back-up, Brodie Croyle, has not been re-signed, that leaves Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi. Palko is a lefty who was the third stringer last year for Kansas City and has four career completions. Stanzi is a rookie out of Iowa who hit 221 of 345 passes for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Hawkeyes as a senior.
The Chiefs have signed defensive end Wallace Gilberry to his restricted free agent tender. The 6-foot-2, 268 pound Gilberry has played in 37 regular season games with 34 solo tackles and 11 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pair of recoveries.
Kansas City has signed first round draft pick Jonathan Baldwin out of Pittsburgh. The 26th overall pick played 39 games for Pitt, catching 128 passes for 2,337 yards and 16 touchdowns. The big, athletic receiver had 53 receptions for 822 yards and five TD’s as a senior.
Also, the Chiefs released tight end Brad Cottam and placed second year tight end Tony Moeaki on the physically unable to perform list. Coach Todd Haley wouldn’t say what Moeaki’s issue was. In his rookie season, the former Iowa Hawkeye standout caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns. If he is still on the PUP list when the season opens, he will have to remain there for another six weeks. During the pre-season, he can be reinstated at any time.