Chiefs release DL Vance Walker

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The roster moves to clear cap space continued for a second straight day.

Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ; Chiefs defensive end Vance Walker (99) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ; Chiefs defensive end Vance Walker (99) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs on Friday announced the release of defensive lineman Vance Walker in a move that saved approximately $1.75 million against the salary cap.

Kansas City released linebacker Joe Mays on Thursday to free $2.7 million in cap space ahead of the start of the free agency.

The Chiefs entered Friday morning an estimated $2.9 million over the cap.

Walker originally signed a three-year, $13 million free-agent contract with the Chiefs on March 14, 2014. He was expected to compete for a starting job vacated by Tyson Jackson, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons, but couldn’t seize the opportunity from Allen Bailey before training camp.

Walker went on to appear in 16 games with two starts for the Chiefs, totaling 19 tackles (17 solo), two sacks and five quarterback hurries.

The seventh-year pro originally entered the league in 2009 out of out of Georgia Tech as a seventh-round pick (210th overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2009 NFL Draft.

He played for the Oakland Raiders in 2013 before signing with the Chiefs.