Kansas City released the defensive lineman on Saturday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Howard was one year into a two-year, $12 million deal that he signed with K.C. last offseason.
While the Chiefs still owe him $2.5 million guaranteed, they want Howard to sign with another team before the draft, so that they are off the hook for that amount in 2017.
The 28-year-old was placed on injured reserve in December after suffering a hip flexor in midseason. In four seasons in Kansas City, Howard recorded 7.5 sacks and 122 combined tackles.