The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line is reportedly ready to take another hit with Patrick Allen reporting at Arrowhead Addict that Casey Wiegmann, the team’s longtime center, is going to call it quits after 16 years in the NFL.
Allen quotes an unnamed source saying, “Arrowhead Addict has learned from a reliable source that Chiefs center Casey Weigmann will not return next season. Wiegmann has pondered retirement before, however he will be 39 in July. While there is always the potential of a player coming back for one more season, as of now Wiegmann has no plans to return.”
Nothing official has been stated on the record on this, but this is not surprising for any Chiefs fan. The team drafted his future replacement last year in the 2011 NFL Draft in the second round with the selection of Rodney Hudson. Hudson had action in all 16 games last season with one start, so this is how many predicted things would play out for the end of one career and the beginning of another.
Wiegmann’s is a storied career who had the ability to play alongside some of the greatest linemen in recent NFL history like Willie Roaf, Will Shields and Brian Waters. Yet those guys could say the same after playing alongside Wiegmann who hasn’t missed a snap since the 2001 NFL season. Even though he has not been as heralded throughout his career, Wiegmann has been the model of a consistently great player in the NFL.