Defensive lineman Chris Jones, guard Parker Ehinger and linebacker Dadi Nicolas will all start camp on the physically unable to perform list. Linebacker Derrick Johnson and tight end Travis Kelce, who both had offseason surgery, will not be placed on the PUP list but will be monitored throughout camp.
Jones, who made 11 starts and had 28 tackles and two sacks last season, had arthroscopic knee surgery July 12.
“It was about a four-hour interview,” Veach explained. “It was long and there was only one break, but when I got back to Kansas City, I didn’t hear anything for like six days, so I was like, ‘Man, I probably screwed that up.’
“A week later, [Hunt] called me and had some follow up questions.”
Following that call, which lasted about an hour, Veach said he and his wife, Allison, perked up every time the phone rang.
“It was funny because [Hunt] called a couple of other times before the actual call in which he offered the job,” Veach explained. “When she knew he was calling, she was like, ‘Is that the one?’
“I was like, ‘No, not yet. Not yet.”
Clark Hunt speaks to the media about the departure of ex-GM, John Dorsey, and a few other issues surrounding the Chiefs organization heading into training camp.
Clark Hunt introduces Brett Veach as the new General Manager.
“We don’t want him to do it through the social media part and all that,” Reid said at Monday’s news conference on the campus of Missouri Western State University. “Let’s just talk about it.
“Over the course of the spring, there were enough issues that popped up that caused me to want to do a full evaluation of the football department before I extended either (head coach) Andy (Reid) or John,” Hunt said. “And in the course of that evaluation I just became concerned about our ability to continue the success we have had the last four years, or better yet to build on that success and have a championship team.”
There was just one piece left on Brett Veach’s plate at Garozzo’s, but there might as well have been 100 — a well-deserved meal the night before his long-awaited induction as the Kansas City Chiefs’ new general manager.
"I don't know that we had a mess on our hands. We just had a situation where I felt we had to get better,'' Hunt said, citing "issues" within the football operation that caused him some alarm. He would not specify those issues.
“I know relative value, I know what the pieces are worth,” he said. “My job is to articulate the vision for next year, two years, three years. ... But I do understand the cap, and I do understand player value, and I do have a plan.”
Basically, what I did was go through every player drafted (since 2012) at the positions that the Chiefs took players at and found the players that are most similar to our 2017 picks. Then, I looked at how those players have been doing in the NFL and see if it can tell us anything about the future of our 2017 draftees.
The first question, of course, is would the Saints do it. If they were willing to rebuild, I'd say yes. Even with Brees they don't seem particularly close to competing for Super Bowls, and he only has a couple quality years left. Those picks could help minimize the amount of time they spend rebuilding for the post-Brees era. For comparison, the Chiefs gave up less than a 1st round pick when we traded for Montana. The biggest issue is the cap numbers. Trading Brees would actually increase his cap hit for the Saints this year. But if they wanted to commit to a rebuild, not having cap this year wouldn't have been an issue.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach spoke with the media on Monday
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke with the media on Monday
Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt spoke with the media on Monday
Kansas City Chiefs players and coaches arrive for the early portion of training camp.
TIGHT END (4): Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, Gavin Escobar, Ross Travis
The Chiefs may well keep four at this position given their affinity for extra-tight end personnel groupings.