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Kansas City Chiefs: Sean McGrath Announces Retirement

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The Kansas City Chiefs are currently underway with training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri. Earlier today it was announced that tight end Sean McGrath would be retiring from the league.

Terez Paylor broke the news this morning via Twitter.

McGrath stepped up big for the Chiefs last season when both Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce were injured. He ended his 2013 season with 26 receptions for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

He started 10 games for Kansas City in place of the injured Fasano and Kelce (who was placed on injured reserve before the regular season commenced). I discussed Sean McGrath more in my player profile of him a few weeks ago.

Despite his heroics last season, there was still a chance of McGrath not making the squad this year. Fasano and Kelce have looked solid throughout training camp, and so has Demetrius Harris, who now more than likely will get the nod at third string tight end.

McGrath also had skills as the backup long snapper behind Thomas Gafford, but apparently Travis Kelce had been taking turns practicing in that position. Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride had a good point if McGrath didn’t make the team.

“McGrath was battling for the third tight end spot with Demetrius Harris. Even if he didn’t make the team, his familiarity with the offense likely would have kept him on the Chiefs call list in the event of an injury.”

Not only that, but McGrath surely could have served as a backup tight end to another team. He is only 26 years old after all.

Sean McGrath was a pretty reliable player for the Chiefs and it’s sad to see him go. He and his beard were well respected here and it’s upsetting that he has decided to exit the NFL before hitting his prime.

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