Chiefs and Saints cut kickers, Ryan Mallet remains with Patriots

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The Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints both cut kickers on Saturday.

Ryan Succop had three-years and $7.7 million left on his contract with the Chiefs making him expendable as the regular season approached. Succop was just 22-of-28 last season and gets the boot as the Chiefs opt to keep Cairo Santos as their kicker to start the year.

The Saints also cut their veteran kicker in Shayne Graham. Derek Dimke was no more fortunate also earning a release. Unlike the Chiefs, the Saints have no kickers on their roster.

Ryan Mallet and Stevan Ridley make Patriots

Ryan Mallet and Stevan Ridley both made the Patriots 53-man roster to start the season.

Mallet, a 2011 third-rounder, saw his trade value diminish as the presason went on. The Patriots still figure to try and unload him as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. For now the Patriots have three quarterbacks on their roster, needless to say their year is dependent on Tom Brady.

There had been some talk over the weekend that Stevean Ridley could miss out on making the final roster for the Patriots. That was not the case as the 25-year-old out of LSU has made the Patriots.

Ridley simply needs to protect the football  after putting it on the ground four times last season. Back in 2012 he set career highs with 1,263 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers are approachable again.