The Kansas City Chiefs have added depth along their offensive line by agreeing to terms with a familiar name: Casey Wiegmann.
That blue-collar attitude is back to compete for a spot along the Chiefs offensive front in 2010. Wiegmann rejoined the Chiefs Friday evening after a two-year stint in Denver. Ironically, his competition this spring and summer is currently the man that he once groomed to replace him – Rudy Niswanger.
Known for his tireless work ethic, relentless attitude and iron man consecutive snaps streak, Wiegmann started 111 consecutive regular season games at center for the Chiefs from 2001-2007. His consistency and durability was only matched by his high level of play as the signal caller of the Kansas City offensive front. It comes as no surprise that Wiegmann started all 32 games during his two-year stay in Denver, never missing a snap.
In fact, dating back to 2001, Wiegmann has taken a remarkable 9,078 consecutive snaps at center for the Chiefs and Broncos, by far the longest current streak by an offensive lineman in the NFL. He’s also started 143 consecutive games, which is the longest streak of any active lineman.
Todd Haley loves to talk about competition, but I think we just found our story to watch in camp: student vs. teacher.
Wiegmann has done nothing but play since 2001, meanwhile Niswanger was the only person along the Chiefs offensive line last season that was able to contribute all season long. With Brian Waters refusing to speak with the media, Niswanger also served as the vocal leader of the line in the locker room.
The early money has to be on Wiegmann, but don’t rule out Niswanger after he was able to show Todd Haley just how tough he can be on a day-in day-out basis.