This week has been pretty calm in Chiefs Kingdom. Let’s review it quickly.
First of all, Brett Veach, on Monday gave more details about their plans for 2021. In a press conference, he explained what they were focusing on before the free agency period.
“Free agency, again will be a unique animal for us,” Veach told reporters. “So, on one end, we’ll work our conversions to stay under the cap and what we have left and what we can do. We will be largely dependent on what becomes available to us and do we think this will be the right course of action and are there other moves that we would have to make to make this work, so that will be one thing. On the draft, I think it kind of works hand in hand so based upon how free agency works out.”
About the positions to pursue in priority, Veach named three viable position groups they have to work on. Perhaps the Chiefs will try to find players at other positions a bit more aggressively in free agency but the blueprint still needs to be defined.
“Again, when you look at our roster composition, I think that we certainly want to build back our offensive line,” Veach said. “And then on the defensive side, collect our secondary and I think depth at the linebacker position and the defensive line will be something that we try to address through free agency and/or the draft.”
We can’t wait to see what the free agency and the draft will bring to the team.
On another hand, upsetting news was shared this week. The reactions were mixed among the fanbase. Since 1972, the Kansas City Chiefs have played their home games at Arrowhead Stadium. Well, the championship game against Buffalo Bills was technically the last one at “Arrowhead Stadium”.
Indeed, on Thursday, March 4, the Chiefs steeped into the modern corporate-named arenas era and change the name of the stadium to “GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.”
They did not completely change the identity of the Arrowhead, but it was a bit of a shock when the news came out.
“We are extremely proud and excited to announce our naming rights agreement with GEHA. When we set out to find a partner for the field at Arrowhead, it was critical to identify a national leader that shares our core values, as well as a deep connection to the local community and respect for Chiefs Kingdom,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said in a statement on the Chiefs’ official website. “Our relationship with GEHA over the last few years has only served to reinforce the alignment between our two organizations and proven their strong, long-standing relationship with the local community. This expanded partnership will continue to build lasting health and wellness programs that support the team, GEHA and our community.”
Players side, Anthony Sherman put on a show again this year, and we did not have to wait until the Training camp to see it.
He unfortunately announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday night. The beloved Kansas City Chiefs fullback, nicknamed “Sausage”, did not end his career on a Super Bowl win, but he went away in style.
In a video posted to social media, he announced his decision to leave the NFL before riding off in a helicopter into a sunset. Quite poetic!
“Kansas City, thanks for all the memories,” Sherman said before getting in the helicopter. “It’s been a great run. Eight years, Super Bowls, but it’s onto the next chapter.”
Anthony Sherman has been recruited in 2013 by Andy Reid to be a part of the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s when his career took off, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2018 while helping Kansas City reach the AFC title game. Sherman caught 66 passes for 552 yards and four touchdowns during his career.
He also provided astonishing protection for Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes and blocked for 1,000-yard backs Jamaal Charles, Kareem Hunt, and a key block for Damien Williams in Super Bowl LIV. He was quite a big personality too in the locker room.
The position of Full back will stay empty as Sherman was the only one at the position in Kansas City. Let’s see if this is one of the positions filled during the free agency…