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5 former Chiefs players who could come out of retirement and play today

With former NFL players who have decided to retire and a few coming back to play, i.e. Jason Witten and Rob Gronkowski, let’s take a look at five former Chiefs who could come out of retirement and play.

Dwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe played for the Chiefs from 2007-2015. Over his eight years in KC, Bowe had over 7,000 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns. Bowe ranks second in franchise history for receptions (532), third in receiving yards (7,155), and fifth in touchdown receptions (44).

Bowe put up these numbers with QBs like Matt Cassel and Brodie Croyle for most of his time with the Chiefs. Imagine if he played more than two seasons with Alex Smith.

If Dwayne Bowe ever came out of retirement, he could be a depth piece for any team at the WR position.

Will Shields

Will Shields played with the Chiefs from 1993-2006. Over his career, Shields never missed a game, playing 224 games and started in 223 of them.

Shields committed only 18 penalties over his 14-year career. He was also a 12-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro. All of these stats and his durability led him to a spot in Canton, Ohio, as a member of Pro Football Hall of Fame.

If Shields were to ever come out of retirement, it would be perfect for the Chiefs as they already have one of the league’s best tandems at the tackle positions, but need help at guard. Shields would help the spot at guard to protecting Mahomes.

Tamba Hali

Tamba Hali was with the Chiefs from 2006-2017. Over his career in KC, Hali recorded 89.5 sacks and forced 33 fumbles, both ranking second in franchise history. He also ranks as the franchise leader in tackles for loss (105) quarterback hits (159).

Hali was a big presence for the Chiefs defensive line throughout his career and a fan favorite as well, appearing in five Pro Bowls. He displayed durability by playing at least 15 games in 11 of his 12 seasons.

If he has anything left in the tank, he could give it another shot and become a veteran leader and depth piece for the team.

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson played with the Chiefs from 2005-2017. Johnson is the franchise leader in tackles with 1,154 (941 solo, 213 ast). He was a four-time Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro in 2011.

Derrick Johnson is one of the best LBs in franchise history. His tackling ability has been unmatched as he had five seasons with at least 100 tackles. Johnson also was effective in coverage, recording 77 passes defensed and intercepting 14 passes.

Derrick Johnson is definitely a guy who could come out of retirement, he has shown in the past that he is a great LB and can play in the run and pass game.

Tony Gonzalez

Tony G, one of the greatest Chiefs ever, played in KC from 1997-2008. Over in 12 years with the Chiefs, Gonzalez became one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tight ends to ever play.

Gonzalez is thee franchise leader in receiving yards (10,940), receptions (916), and touchdown receptions (76). In his career, Tony G was a 14-time Pro Bowler and 6-time First-Team All-Pro.

Gonzalez posted a video about returning to the Chiefs as a joke, but imagine if he did. The Chiefs would have an insane TE depth chart and have the ability to run some two tight end packages.

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