The NFL lockout allowed Kansas City Chiefs C Casey Wiegmann to take his time when deciding if he wanted to keep playing or retire. Now with the lockout coming to an end, the veteran’s agent Joe Linta has told ESPN that he is ready to give it a go.
Linta said Wiegmann, who will turn 38 Wednesday, is in the best shape he’s been in years. He will be entering his 16th NFL season.
Wiegmann is one of the veterans who may have benefited from the lockout. Had Wiegmann had to go through an extensive offseason workout program, he could have decided to retire.
Wiegmann extended his consecutive snap streak, which began in 2001, to beyond 10,000 in 2010.
This is great news for the Chiefs. When free agency finally opens, Wiegmann will be without a contract, but there is no reason to believe he won’t be back in Kansas City. After losing Mike Vrabel to the Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff, the Chiefs need to make sure they hold on to as much returning leadership as possible and few fit the bill better than Wiegmann.
Scott Pioli selected Florida State OL Rodney Hudson in the second round of the NFL Draft, but there’s no need to rush him into the starting lineup. If he had a full offseason to learn the Chiefs playbook, Hudson would be a great option to start at center out of the gate, especially since I see him as a better long term center than No. 15 overall pick Mike Pouncey. There will be enough rushing with this team, there’s no need to include one of the most important positions on offense in that group.
Considering Hudson can play at guard and center, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Chiefs keep Wiegmann, Hudson and former starting center Rudy Niswanger on the roster.