Drue Tranquill: “No promises” from Chiefs about role in 2023

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Linebacker Drue Tranquill jumped from one AFC West team to another when he signed with the Chiefs as a free agent this offseason.

Tranquill was a Chargers fourth-round pick in 2019, so he was well aware that his new employers have gone to three of the last four Super Bowls. He was also well aware of the fact that the team will not guarantee him anything beyond a chance to compete for playing time on their defense this season.

During an appearance on The Ross Tucker Football Podcast, Tranquill said that General Manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid stopped well short of defining a role for him in Kansas City.

“Brett Veach and Andy Reid’s message was, ‘Drue, there’s no promises here,’” Tranquill said, via ArrowheadPride.com. “‘We love you as a player. We love what you’re able to do. You’re super-versatile. You’re a total linebacker and can do it all — but we’ve got a lot of great players here, and you’re going to have to come in here and earn your way.’”

Tranquill had 146 tackles, five sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble for the Chargers last season. That kind of production would be welcome on the Chiefs defense, but Tranquill will have to earn the opportunity to provide it.

6 responses to “Drue Tranquill: “No promises” from Chiefs about role in 2023

  1. San Diego made a big mistake letting him go. He’ll bring that energy and playmaking Matthieu gave that D.

  2. Chiefs went from one of the worst, if not worst, linebacking core in the last few years, to what has to be one of the best. Nick Bolton and Willie Gay were already no joke, throw Drue in the mix and I’m feeling good about what they can do.

  3. Quickly turning in to what made NE so successful throughout Brady’s career. Surround a great QB with a nasty defense and some scary pieces on offense. Brady was great at pre-snap reads and getting the ball out quick. If Mahomes can get better at that…add in his athleticism on the edge…watch out. This team is only getting better.

  4. The Chiefs know Kelce only has a few seasons left so they’ve been bolstering the D. I can see the defense soon becoming more elite than the offense as they search for Mahomes great elite receiver. It took 50 years to get here for me as a fan. I truly never thought I’d see them MAKE a SB before I died let alone 3, winning 2. Still surreal.

  5. Well, the LB group has been a weakness throughout Spagnolo’s time in KC so not a bad piece to add. With all that $ KC saved on Mahomes’ contract, it woulda been nice if they coulda kept Kahlen Saunders and Frank Clark up-front or DB Chervarius Ward last year. I’m still wondering where all that $ Mahomes gave-up is going? Its not offense: they lost Hill last year and Mecole Hardman and Smith-Schuster this year and Kelce remains under-paid at TE. Hmm.

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