Kansas City Chiefs veterans descended upon Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, on Monday afternoon, while quarterbacks, rookies and injured players have been around since Friday. Among the veterans to speak to the media via Zoom was linebacker Anthony Hitchens, ready for his first live contact since Super Bowl LV.
“Oh yeah,” he said. “It’s been a while. It’s been, since what? Early February, so anytime you can get out there — and we’re blessed to be able to do this for a job — so anytime you get the pads on and get out there and running and hitting and having fun, it’s always a good thing.”
Hitchens enters a critical year in 2021 — his eighth season in the NFL. Back in 2018, the Chiefs signed Hitchens to a five-year deal, including a 2022 salary-cap number of more than $12.5 million (via Spotrac).
It has thus been suggested that despite Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo praising Hitchens as the team’s “glue,” he could be a surprise cut candidate in the future. That suggestion might have only been reinforced when the Chiefs selected a local Missouri product, Nick Bolton, with 58th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Still, Hitchens says he does not focus on proving his worth to the coaching staff or organization. For him, it’s more about internal pride.
“I don’t even think about things like that because I just prove…