KC Chiefs: Why Sean McGrath Wont Be A Chief


Former KC Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath is now back in the NFL after he was reinstated by the Chiefs and then released. He passed through waivers on Thursday and is now officially a free agent.

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Sean McGrath signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but was unable to make an impact with them. The KC Chiefs claimed McGrath on waivers prior to the 2013 season after he was released by the Seahawks.

Yes, this is a post from 2015, and no, you did not read that wrong. Sean McGrath had a good season for the KC Chiefs in 2013 stepping up in an injury plagued tight end corp after starting tight end’s Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce battled injuries.

He managed 26 receptions, 302 yards, and two touchdowns in nine starts in 2013. After a solid season filling in as a back up tight end the KC Chiefs were interested in bringing McGrath back for the 2014 season, but McGrath failed to report to training camp and was placed on the reserved/did not report list.

Soon after being placed on the reserved/did not report list KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced that McGrath planned to retire from the NFL. The Chiefs supported his decision, but were disappointed by the timing of it.

The tight ends currently on the Chiefs roster are Brandon Barden, Richard Gordon, Demetrius Harris, Adam Schiltz, and Travis Kelce. Kelce is the obvious choice to start at tight end, but behind him is a big question mark.

The KC Chiefs released Anthony Fasano following the 2014 season so the battle for the back up job looks to be between Gordon and Harris as of now. So that begs the question as to why the Chiefs weren’t interested in bringing back McGrath. The answer seems to be a complicated one.

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The timing of McGrath retiring wasn’t the only issue for the Chiefs. The reason he gave was because of a loss of passion for the game. While the Chiefs most likely appreciate the contributions made by McGrath and respect his decision to make a comeback, they probably feel as though its best if McGrath makes his comeback with a new team.

"“I think Sean loved it with the Chiefs, but he understands he kind of put them in a tough spot last year,” Owens said. “But he’s loved everything about the Chiefs — he really enjoyed working with Coach (Andy) Reid, and it’s a class organization. He’s disappointed he can’t return but he understands their perspective.”-Courtesy of Terez A. Paylor of KansasCity.com"

It was fun watching Sean “Duck Dynasty” McGrath and I wish him all the luck in the future, but unfortunately his future wont be with the KC Chiefs.

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