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BREAKING: Former Tornado Succop cut by Chiefs

August 30, 2014

(O-N-E photo by Cody Dalton)

After five seasons, Ryan Succop's career as a Kansas City Chief is over.

The Chiefs cut the veteran NFL kicker and former Hickory High standout on Saturday as part of reducing the team's roster to the NFL mandatory 53 players.

Succop spoke on Twitter about his release, saying "Wow..don't know where to start. What an awesome 5 yrs in KC! I loved every minute of being a @KCChiefs. So blessed to have played for such a great organization, fans, coaches & teammates. Too many great memories to count. Thank you Kansas City! #blessed #thankful"

Succop, who was due to make $2 million this year, will be replaced by undrafted rookie kicker Cairo Santos, whose contract is $422,000 this season.

Both kickers were perfect during the preseason, making each of their extra points and field goal attempts.

A South Carolina alum, Succop is the most accurate field goal kicker in Kansas City's franchise history, making 81 percent of his chances.

Former Lincolnton standout Wilson cut

Another area product in former Lincolnton standout C.J. Wilson was cut by the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

Wilson was one of 15 players cut by Chicago to reduce its roster to 53 players. He spent last season on the team's practice squad.

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