Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting that the team will keep veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, the longtime face of the franchise who was the subject of trade rumors last year. Running back Larry Johnson and offensive lineman Brian Waters reportedly are another story, according to the Kansas City Star, though Hunt told the paper he wasn’t willing to give up on Johnson just yet.
- “It’s still my hope Larry will be a part of this team next season,” Hunt said. “We all saw the comments he made at the end of the season and repeated about a month later. Those were disappointing. Recently, I’ve heard he’s excited about being a Kansas City Chief again and expects to be in the offseason program and help us be successful.”
- But Hunt declined to say the Chiefs will not seek to trade Johnson.
- “That’s a decision (general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley) will have to make, and I think it’s probably too early to even ask them where they stand,” Hunt said. “They need to spend some time with Larry and figure out how he fits in.”
On a side note, the eight AFL teams revealed their throwback jerseys during a morning breakfast. Haley showed off a Dwayne Bowe No. 82 jersey, not Gonzalez’s familiar No. 88. That’s interesting. Even the Broncos had a Jay Cutler jersey.