The week of the Kansas City Chiefs player-only workouts, C Casey Wiegmann talked to Steven St. John of 810 WHB's Border Patrol and said he wasn't sure whether he would retire or continue playing.
"I'm training [and] getting ready in case anything happens," Wiegmann told SSJ on June 17. "I can retire if I don't want to play, I can play if I want to play. I just want to leave my options open."
That was the last we've heard from Wiegmann on his future. Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports as of Thursday that Wiegmann has yet to make up his mind on his future.
"The word is Kansas City center Casey Wiegmann, who turns 38 this month, still hasn't decided whether he will play this season, but the Chiefs want him back," Williamson writes.
I would guess Wiegmann doesn't make up his mind until the lockout is over. Maybe he just hasn't decided yet, or maybe he's waiting to see what kind of money he can get from the Chiefs (although the Chiefs would be smart to quietly hammer that out with Wiegmann's agent during the lockout so there are no surprises from either side).
The longer the lockout goes, the more the Chiefs need Wiegmann, in my opinion. If all of part of training camp is compromised, the Chiefs would be taking a gamble moving on without Wiegmann because they don't know much more about rookie C Rodney Hudson than they did on draft weekend.
By the way, this situation sounds sort of similar to what Wiegmann went through a couple years ago. He was considering retirement while he waited for the Denver Broncos to address his contract. Hmm...