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Ray Willis retires from Chiefs after replacing retiring player


When tackle Tony Ugoh retired after spending less than a week as a member of the Chiefs, Kansas City reached deep into the bag of available offensive tackles to find a replacement.

They dug up Ray Willis, who hasn’t played in the NFL since starting all 16 games for the Seahawks in 2009. He had brief stints with both the Saints and the Jets before making his way to Kansas City where the Chiefs hoped to find something they could use as an experienced backup at tackle.

No such luck. Josh Looney of the team’s website passes along word that Willis has decided to take a page from the Ugoh playbook and call it a career. This might have been a case of jumping before getting pushed, so we won’t read anything into a larger trend of players going to Kansas City before being 100 percent sure that they didn’t want to play football anymore. After all, Marcus McNeill didn’t bother with that step before deciding to find another line of work.

Donald Stephenson and David Mims will continue battling for the backup tackle gig unless the Chiefs decide to spin the wheel one more time.

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16 Responses to “Ray Willis retires from Chiefs after replacing retiring player”
  1. wtfpft says: Aug 17, 2012 12:37 PM

    Play for the chiefs or retire. Seems like a pretty easy decision, RETIRE!

  2. hollywoodhulkhogansays says: Aug 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    The Chiefs retired from being serious Superbowl contenders in the early 70’s brother.

  3. originalhulkhogan says: Aug 17, 2012 12:43 PM

    KC can give me a tryout. I will lead this team to a Superbowl brother!!

  4. trollhammer20 says: Aug 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    If an offensive lineman drafted by Seattle during the Tim Ruskell era is seen as some kind of answer, you are asking the wrong question.

    Sole exception to this rule is Max Unger.

  5. txxxchief says: Aug 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    Both Stephenson and Mims have shown great potential and looked good in the first preseason games. This move will hopefully prevent either Mims or Stephenson from having to be placed on the practice squad and being poached by another team.

  6. kattykathy says: Aug 17, 2012 12:59 PM

    They would have just rode the pine anyway. If they don’t want to be part of a playoff team, then K.C. doesn’t want them anyway.

    BTW, whats up with all of you WWE groupies??? Don’t you think it’s pretty pathetic to act like some fake “wrestlers”? My gosh, Hulk Hogan isn’t even around anymore, act your age, BROTHER.

  7. kcflake says: Aug 17, 2012 1:14 PM

    KC didn’t really need either guy. They obviously couldn;t hang. The Chiefs are headed to the Playoffs this year and Yes they do have a strong O Line, offense, defense and the best coach sone Schottenheimer. It is going to be a Good year to be a Chiefs fan.

  8. rayguyreturns says: Aug 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    NFL Football is too physically and mentally demanding to lay off for 3 years and then try a come back. (Vick not withstanding as his was a “forced” retirement)
    Guy probably made a smart move to call it quits.

  9. 4evrnyt says: Aug 17, 2012 1:16 PM

    Well I think the Chiefs can figure out where opposing teams will be sending their pass rush this season.

  10. joetoronto says: Aug 17, 2012 1:34 PM

    The Kansas City Cheapskates strike again.

  11. kattykathy says: Aug 17, 2012 2:18 PM

    Thats funny,, anybody from Canada calling someone else “cheapskates”

  12. theseaward says: Aug 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    Should have signed Favre a few years ago. Then we would not have had to go through listening to that fiasco year by year.

  13. dcsuperfan says: Aug 17, 2012 2:43 PM

    I didn’t mind as much as most others seem to when there was only one hulkhogansays. Maybe because he’s a ‘Skins fan. But with at least 2 copycats now it IS getting a bit tiresome. But the Chiefs still have a strong O-line. I’m still sore about the bogus salary-cap penalties that prevented the Redskins from going after Eric Winston, who would have been a perfect fit and filled a dire need with Jamaal Brown being so obviously unreliable. Now we’re just screwed.

  14. sullijo1 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:13 PM

    I’m 41 years old and never seen the Chiefs play in a Super Bowl.

    I have an 18 year old son that’s never seen them win a playoff game.


  15. raidadon says: Aug 17, 2012 3:28 PM

    Dontari Poe should follow him out!

  16. walter0247 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:34 PM

    Actually i do believe that the Chiefs had a good team about 8 years ago. Mostly stacked on offense, lights out, especially with Priest Holmes.

    My point is that they should have won a playoff game back then but if i do recall their kicker sent them into a spiral when he missed a field goal from the 5 yard line.

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