The Kansas City Chiefs are having trouble hanging on to veteran offensive lineman.
The team announced just moments ago that OL Ray Willis has decided to retire.
— Josh Looney (@JoshLooney) August 17, 2012
As you can see from Josh Looney’s tweet, Willis was signed after OL Tony Ugoh decided to hang them up after just about a week in Chiefs camp.
Willis was selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft. He played both tackle and guard for the Seahawks before moving on to the Dolphins where he was quickly cut. He sat out until November of the following year (2011) when he was signed by the New Orleans Saints. After his short stint in New Orleans, he was signed by the Jets in May of 2012 and was cut a month later. He signed with the Chiefs on July 31.
The Chiefs have been searching for some veteran depth at the OT position but truth be told, it probably wasn’t going to come from Willis anyway. He has struggled to stay on any NFL team for a few years now and he likely wouldn’t have made the roster in KC either. The team may have told him as much, which could be the reason he is hanging them up now.
This means the Chiefs have a free roster spot. Fans would probably prefer that spot to be taken by WR Dwayne Bowe.
But don’t hold your breath.