Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath to retire

07/26/2014 12:30 PM

07/26/2014 3:39 PM

After a few days of uncertainty, tight end Sean McGrath has apparently made his retirement official.

“McGrath is gonna retire, that's what we've been told by him,” Reid said Saturday. “I wish him the best. He's a good kid. It's a personal decision he made.”

McGrath, 26, served as a valuable backup last season, when he caught 26 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs claimed him off waivers before the season and he was pushed into duty quickly, thanks to injuries to Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano.

McGrath was present for the entirety of organized team activities in June and was expected to compete for a backup job in camp this year with Demetrius Harris, who starred during OTAs.

The reason for his retirement is unclear, though Reid said Thursday that McGrath was working “some personal things” out.

McGrath reported to the team's dormitory at Missouri Western on Wednesday, the day veterans were mandated to report. Unlike his teammates, however, he was not carrying any belongings.

“I talked to (McGrath),” Kelce said recently. “He’s still my brother. He’s still part of the crew. I love him to death.”

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