We can’t really call this a report since the person reporting it referred to it as “strong rumor” but it sounds like Adam Caplan is hearing that the Kansas City Chiefs OT Ryan O’Callaghan will retire.
If this is true, it won’t be a huge loss for the Chiefs. O’Callaghan has missed most of the last two seasons with injuries. He started most of the 2009 season at RT and received a not so impressive -14.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. He missed the first nine games of 2010 with an injury before coming back in Week 10 to play significant snaps vs. the Broncos. He played only 12 snaps the next week, then all 82 snaps in Week 12. After that he played only five snaps in the next two games combined before being put back on the shelf. He received a +5.5 grade for his limited work in 2010. In 2011 O’Callaghan spent the season on IR.
O’Callaghan is only 28 and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Given his injury history it wasn’t likely the Chiefs were going to try to retain him. He was a fifth-round pick by the Patriots in 2006.
There is a chance that O’Callaghan is retiring because his injury will not allow him to play. Either way, the Chiefs need serious help at tackle and they weren’t likely to find it from O’Callaghan.