Mecole Hardman Reveals Why He Re-Signed With Chiefs

Mecole Hardman credited his relationship with Andy Reid for his return to the Chiefs
Mecole Hardman credited his relationship with Andy Reid for his return to the Chiefs / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mecole Hardman is back with the Chiefs on a one-year deal after making the Super Bowl-winning catch last year. He's in pursuit of his fourth Super Bowl win with Kansas City and recently revealed why he wanted to return to the organization that drafted him.

According to The Kansas City Star, Hardman pointed to his strong relationship with head coach Andy Reid as a major factor in coming back.

He's now the longest-tenured WR on the roster and his veteran leadership is already on full display with the Chiefs holding mandatory minicamp this week.

Mecole Hardman Credits Relationship With Andy Reid for Chiefs Reunion

Reid sang Hardman's praises and the former second-round pick's familiarity with the offense goes a long way. Referring to Reid, Hardman said, "“I think he’s got a great idea of how to put me on the field and get me some targets or opportunities."

He also spoke about his knowledge of the offense, continuing, "I ain’t got to relearn nothing (with the playbook). I know everything already. So it’s more comfortable.”

While Hardman finished the regular season with just 15 catches for 124 yards, he saved his best work for the playoffs. Hardman caught three passes for 57 yards and the aforementioned TD in the Super Bowl, securing his place in Kansas City lore forever.

He's active in the community and a beloved presence in the locker room, making the reunion a logical decision. The Chiefs' receivers don't have much experience with Patrick Mahomes, so Hardman can help serve as a veteran for new players like Hollywood Brown and Xavier Worthy.

While Hardman's impact may not look sizable on the box score, he's a valued presence and all parties are glad he's back in Kansas City.

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