Chiefs release former Ravens tackle Jared Gaither

November 29, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The Kansas City Chiefs have released former Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither.

The 6-foot-9 left tackle signed with the Chiefs this summer after he and the Ravens parted ways. He was active for 10 games this season, but was a backup to Chiefs starter Branden Albert. Gaither subbed in for Albert during Sunday night’s 13-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and was flagged for a false start on his very first play.

Gaither will be placed on waivers and any team can put in a claim for the enigmatic lineman.

Gaither reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs for $685,000 after spending four seasons with the Ravens, who selected the former Maryland standout in the 2007 supplemental draft. He started 33 games at tackle for the Ravens from 2007-09, but his 2010 season was shrouded in mystery. Gaither reported to training camp 30 pounds underweight, was moved to right tackle and missed the entire season with a back injury.

Michael Oher was the team’s left tackle in 2010 and Marshal Yanda was moved from guard to right tackle to fill the void for Gaither. This preseason, the Ravens signed left tackle Bryant McKinnie, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, and moved Oher back to right tackle.

In case you’re wondering, it’s doubtful that the Ravens would be interested in a reunion with Gaither. They have rookie Jah Reid as a reserve tackle and Yanda can move over to tackle in a pinch.

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