For the second time in less than three weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs lost a veteran offensive tackle to retirement. The first player to step aside was veteran Tony Ugoh just days after training camp opened and now it’s the man that replaced him, tackle Ray Willis.
With the Chiefs starting offensive line all but set in stone, GM Scott Pioli has been able to focus on trying to deliver depth on that line for the first time in years. Currently rookie Donald Stephenson and second-year pro David Mims are the only players on the Kansas City roster at tackle behind Branden Albert and Eric Winston.
As recently as 2009, Willis started 16 games for the Seattle Seahawks and was in camp to compete for the final spot on the line.
Having gone through two veterans in such a short period of time, it would be a surprise to see the team go down that road a third time. The extra roster spot could be used to take a quick flier before the first cut down or just carry 89 players into that first deadline.