From the Truman Sports Complex
Mike Vrabel made it plain he wasn’t missing from the off-season work around the Chiefs because he was unhappy to be in Kansas City.
“I’m excited to be here,” Vrabel said after the team’s first practice of mini-camp on Friday morning. “It’s another opportunity to keep playing. If it wasn’t going to be in New England, I’m glad that it’s here.
“It’s good to finally get here, just getÂ out there with the guys …Â I’m happy as heck to be here right now.”
As to why he has not attended any of the off-season work to date, Vrabel fell back on the collective bargaining agreement between owners and playerse as his reason.
“Normally in New England in the past I have been there for mini-camps, I haven’t been there year round,” Vrabel said. “I think for lack of a better term, I’m just trying to excercise my rights in the CBA.Â We bargained for rights to make these workouts voluntary.
“And that’s all I was trying to do, excercise my rights under the CBA.”
Note that Vrabel is a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee and was part of the selection committee for the union’s new executive director DeMaurice Smith.
As to whether he will serve as a leader for this team due to his experience and time spent with a winning program in New England, Vrabel said that would be up to others to decide.
“The thing you have to be careful of is when you start to label guys as leaders,” Vrabel said. “Natural leaders will develop within this team.Â Guys will look to certain guys.Â You don’t have to be a captain on a football team, or any team to be a leader.”