The Kansas City offensive line hasn’t been the the same since it lost Willie Roaf and Will Shields. The Chiefs are hoping that bringing back C Casey Wiegmann — who played with both of those players — will also help bring back the glory days of dominant offensive line play.
“I thought once he left the Chiefs, the next place I’d see him was in the retirement pool like the rest of us,” Shields said. “But he seems to have the nine-lives thing going.”
The Broncos didn’t want Wiegmann anymore and released him, but the Chiefs believe he can still play. He will battle Rudy Niswanger to be the starting center.
“When we studied Casey, it appeared he was still playing at a high level,” Haley said. “He’s done a great job of taking care of his body, a really, really great job, and he’s got the mind-set that he wants to play some more.”
Waters said, “I have a lot of respect for Casey, and I know our offensive line coach (Bill Muir) has a great amount of respect for Casey. Last year, we talked about the way he’s still playing really good football. He still has every trick in the game, but he’s still one of the most consistent football players out there at his position. People feel like he’s overmatched, but he’s still able to get the job done.”
Competition was Todd Haley’s favorite word during training camp last season and the battle at center this year will no doubt be front and center.
Niswanger was tough as nails last season, but I have to imagine Wiegmann will have the upper hand as long as he is healthy throughout camp. It’s tough to beat the experience that he brings to the table and with youth at both tackle positions it will be important to have as many battle tested guys in the middle as possible. Waters-Wiegmann-Lilja would provide about as much experience as you are going to find across the league.