Chiefs release TE Anthony Fasano

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Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (80) catches a pass and is tackled by New York Jets cornerback Marcus Phillips (22) at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY

Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (80) catches a pass and is tackled by New York Jets cornerback Marcus Phillips (22) at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs on Thursday announced the release of tight end Anthony Fasano.

Fasano’s release saves the Chiefs nearly $2 million in cap space.

The 6-4, 255-pound Fasano originally signed a four-year, $14 million free-agent contract with the Chiefs on March 13, 2013.

He appeared in 24 games with 22 starts for the Chiefs the past two seasons, totaling 48 catches for 426 yards and seven touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Fasano spent five seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2008-12). He originally entered the league in 2006 out of Notre Dame as a second-round pick (54th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys where he spent two seasons.

Fasasno, who enters his 10th season, turns 31 in April. He has appeared in 132 games with 109 starts on his career, totaling 253 receptions for 2,799 yards and 31 touchdowns during that span.

The release of Fasano leaves tight ends Travis Kelce, Brandon Barden, Richard Gordon, Demetrius Harris and Adam Schiltz on the Chiefs’ offseason roster before the start of the league’s calendar year on March 10.

Harris is an exclusive rights free agent and Gordon is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

Kelce, in particular, benefits the most with Fasano gone. Kelce appeared in 15 games with 11 starts in 2014, and led the Chiefs in receptions and yards receiving with 67 catches for 862 yards. He added five touchdown catches, which tied for first on the team with running back Jamaal Charles.