Roaf Will Return in 2005 but Others Might Not

One thing is certain for 2005. The Chiefs offensive line will remain the same as the heart of soul of the NFL's best line, left tackle Willie Roaf will return as well as right guard Will Shields.

Willie Roaf, a 10-time Pro Bowler, told the press this week he plans to return for a 13th NFL season next year with the Chiefs. He says he feels strong and he wants to turn things around next season and make another run at the Super Bowl.

Warpaint Illustrated has learned that fullback Tony Richardson will also return for at least one more season in 2005. The All-Pro fullback is making his second appearance in Hawaii in February plans to move into the front office when his playing days are over. But those plans will have to wait at least another year.

RB Derrick Blaylock may have played his final game as a Chief. The backup to the injured Priest Holmes, Blaylock will miss a third straight game against San Diego with a knee injury. As one of the team's few unrestricted free agent possibilities, Blaylock may get better offers elsewhere after running well in Holmes' absence than he will get from the Chiefs, who now have Larry Johnson firmly entrenched as Holmes' backup or as a replacement next year.

WR Johnnie Morton is another Chief who may have played his last game in Kansas City. He will miss a third straight game, the season finale in San Diego, with a knee injury. At age 33, Morton's position with the Chiefs is tenuous. KC asked him to take a pay cut this year and he balked. The development of younger receivers like Samie Parker, coupled with next year's anticipated return of injured Marc Boerigter, could spell the end of his three seasons in KC.

FS Jerome Woods will miss a fifth straight game when the Chiefs close the season in San Diego. Woods sustained what was initially called a bone bruise on the knee in the Nov. 22 Monday night game against New England. No one suspected then that he had played his final game of the season. Woods might have pressed on if the Chiefs had been better than 3-7 then, but with the team going nowhere in the playoff chase, it was decided that he would be better off resting the knee and returning full speed next year.

G Will Shields missed Thursday's workout while attending a funeral, but he is expected to make his 191st consecutive start -- the second-longest active streak in the NFL -- in San Diego.


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