Randall Telfer-Dadi Nicolas trade falls apart, players waived

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Less than 48 hours after the Chiefs acquired blocking tight end Randall Telfer from the Cleveland Browns for linebacker Dadi Nicolas, the deal collapsed ending with both players waived by their original teams.

versus Seahawks Saturday, Aug. 13 in Kansas City, Mo. (Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

According to the NFL’s Friday transaction report, the deal reverted due to trade terms. The report nor neither team have indicated what terms led to the trade’s void.

Nicolas suffered a torn patellar tendon in Week 17 of the 2016 season. The injury led the Chiefs to place Nicolas on the physically unable to perform list beginning the 2017 season. He remained on the PUP list through the end of the year.

Telfer missed two games with ankle injury during the 2016 season but appeared on the injury report just once in 2017. The Browns listed him questionable with a knee injury during Week 4.

Both players reverted to their original teams and were then placed on waivers. That means other NFL teams can put in a claim for both players. The Chiefs rank 22nd on the waiver wire order. That means in the Chiefs wish to re-claim Telfer, 20 teams must pass. The Browns rank first in waiver order but cannot claim Telfer.

If no teams claim either player they become free agents free to sign with any team.

The Chiefs chose Nicolas in the sixth round of the 2016 draft. The Browns selected Telfer with a sixth-round selection in 2015.


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