Chiefs Lose Another Veteran OT

The Chiefs have developed a nasty habit of signing veteran offensive tackles and then convincing them it’s time to retire.

First, it was Tony Ugoh. Now, it’s Ray Willis. He told the Chiefs on Friday that he was retiring after playing in 44 NFL games over the last seven seasons.

Willis signed on July 31st after earlier signing Ugoh, who then retired four days later.

They are back to square one with their nine backup offensive linemen. They do not have a single center, guard or tackle that has played in an NFL game.

Willis had played in 44 games and made 26 starts in five seasons with Seattle (2005-09). He spent time with Miami and New Orleans last season and was signed earlier in 2012 by the New York Jets but was released.

In his time with the Chiefs, Willis was running as the third-team RT and saw limited playing time in the pre-season opener against Arizona.

2 Responses to “Chiefs Lose Another Veteran OT”

  • August 17, 2012  - kcarrowhead says:

    “Developed a nasty habit.” That’s a strange term to use. The Chiefs gave those two veteran tackles, Willis and Ugoh, a chance to see if they could continue their careers. After giving it a go, they decided they should hang it up. Another strange phrase: the Chiefs convinced them to retire. More likely their hurting bodies convince them of that. Still think KC should continue searching for a veteran OL.

  • August 17, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Pick at the verbiage but the point remains we don’t have a backup offensive lineman with a snap of NFL experience. That could be a fatal flaw if we have any injuries early and our backups aren’t ready for prime time. I too hope we sign a veteran for insurance.

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