It’s that time of year again: the weather is heating up, the K.C. Chiefs are heading north to St. Joseph, and the season is just around the corner. But first we have to get through training camp. Every year, training camp is one of the most exciting events, and even more so now that the Chiefs get to head back to their training camp home instead of staying in Kansas City.
Every year the faces that fans see at camp change, and this year is no different. A busy offseason for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach means there’s going to be plenty of new faces, but it also means some fan favorites will not be back for the first time.
Here are the five Chiefs we’ll miss the most as training camp begins.
5. Bashaud Breeland, CB
As one of the Chiefs top corners over the past few seasons, Breeland quietly became a fan favorite and was a major contributor in the team’s Super Bowl LIV win. He had a team high seven tackles, and made an amazing interception off of Jimmy Garoppolo early in the game.
Despite the hope that the Chiefs would ultimately bring him back this offseason, Breeland took advantage of free agency and signed a 1-year contract with the Vikings.
4. Sammy Watkins, WR
Even though Sammy struggled to stay healthy while he was in K.C., he solidified himself as a bona fide Chiefs legend with his 60-yard touchdown in the 2020 AFC Championship. You can probably hear Jim Nantz’s calling it right now: “SAMMY WATKINS FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!” Even though Watkins took a very team-friendly deal last year to help the Chiefs run it back, he ultimately signed with the Ravens this season.
3. Eric Fisher, LT
It’s hard to believe that the first pick of the Andy Reid era is no longer on the team. Fisher’s early years certainly drew the ire of many fans, but the team stuck by him and he eventually developed into one of the top left tackles in the league.
Tearing his Achilles in the AFC Championship was the final nail in the coffin of a patchwork offensive line the Chiefs had been fielding all season. This offseason he became one of the first cap casualties as the Chiefs opted to rebuild their entire offensive line.
In the end most Chiefs fans loved Big Fish, and his double-beer celebration in the 2020 AFC Divisional Round game will be another iconic memory Chiefs hold onto.
2. Mitchell Schwartz, RT
The second major casualty of the Offensive Line Overhaul, Mitchell Schwartz had been a stalwart on the right side of the line since he was signed in 2016. A back injury finally brought him down early last season, spelling the end of his time with the Chiefs, and possibly his career. But never say never.
Even though we will definitely be missing him at training camp this year, it seems that Schwartz’s influence and presence will still be around. Not only does he actively support the Chiefs on social media, but the team’s new offensive linemen, Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith, have been going to him for advice. It’s always good to learn from the best.
1. Anthony Sherman, FB
Who could we miss more than the Sausage? Sherman has been a loveable fan favorite for years, both on and off the field. His creative arrivals to training camp became one of the top things to look forward to in recent years. Starting with the simple jean overalls in 2016, to the leather vest and jorts in 2017, to the classic USA-themed wrestling singlet in 2018 to showing up in 2019 in Clint Bowyer’s racecar—Sherman kept us entertained.
While he seemed to have one-upped himself with his incredible retirement video, Chiefs fans will certainly miss seeing the Sausage at camp this year and on the field.