The Kansas City Chiefs waived Jaye Howard with a failed physical designation Monday after the veteran defensive tackle was limited to eight games by a hip injury last season.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said last week Howard was progressing with rehab work following hip surgery.
The 28-year-old Howard spent the last four seasons with the Chiefs and started 13 of the 16 games he played in two years, racking up 36 tackles and 5½ sacks. He parlayed that into a $12 million, two-year contract extension prior to last season and was scheduled to make $3.7 million in base salary in 2017, including $2.5 million in guarantees.
Howard has appeared in 45 games over parts of five seasons with the Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, recording 122 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
The Chiefs allowed defensive tackle Dontari Poe to leave in free agency, but they still have plenty of depth in the interior of the line. Along with Allen Bailey and Chris Jones returning, they also signed former Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan to a one-year deal.