Travis Kelce Receives a Strong Message from a Former Chiefs TE After Leaving

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Ahead of the 2024 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs are putting a lot of effort into strengthening their roster. The Chiefs lost a lot of players to free agency even though they signed a number of veterans again.

“The Chiefs won’t tender an offer to RFA TE Jody Fortson but still hope to bring him back once free agency begins Wednesday,” wrote Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest on March 11. On March 14, however, Fortson’s signing with the Miami Dolphins was revealed by the Katz Brothers.

Fortson and the Dolphins agreed to a one-year, $942,000 contract. The 28-year-old told reporters he was eager to contribute in Miami and gave his time spent with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce a lot of credit.

 

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According to Fortson’s statement to reporters, “Travis Kelce is my favorite teammate of all time on any level—Pop Warner, high school, or college.” “Not just because he’s a wonderful person, but also because he took the time to try and teach me how to be a tight end.” He was not required to. He simply demonstrated his unwavering love and expertise of the game.

The former Valdosta State student gave his mentor the best compliment imaginable. Being in a room with Kelce moved me forward light years from where I would have been if I hadn’t been in that room with perhaps the greatest player of all time. You can only obtain such knowledge if you’re with someone who is familiar with his methods of assault and his perspective on coverage like this.

He gained patience and learnt to calm down his game from Kelce. Working with the future Hall of Famer was described by Fortson as a “extraordinary blessing.” Tyreek Hill, the former great wide receiver for the Chiefs, is one person Fortson will recognize in Miami. Following the announcement, Hill commented, “Now this is the news I been waiting on 🥹.” “YEAHHHH 10!!!!” was Fortson’s response.

Fortson said to reporters, “You know, Tyreek is a goofball all the time.” However, that is only one more clever player. You’re about to enter a scenario where you get to be who you are, he said. Your personality will come through. If you just let that occur, everything will work out.

 

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All Fortson had to say about his five years in Kansas City was good. “It simply seems to impart a victor’s spirit and winning approach,” the three-time Super Bowl champion remarked. “I’ve spent my entire career with the Chiefs, as everyone here is aware. There, we’ve prevailed. Even though I didn’t get the part I wanted, I know what it takes to succeed.

2019 saw Fortson sign with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent after trying out for the team. Even with little playing time, he won over the fans. In 2021, he became a member of the active roster following two years on the practice squad. He played in 21 games between 2021 and 2022, hauling in 14 receptions for 155 yards and four touchdowns. He sustained a shoulder injury during training camp, which kept him out of the NFL for the entire 2023 campaign. Fortson still has to prove he deserves a position on the Dolphins’ roster. According to Mike Masala of USA Today, “since Fortson has excellent run-blocking grades from Pro Football Focus (85.8 in 2021 and 73.9 in 2022), he’ll probably be used as a run blocker and red-zone threat if he makes the squad in Miami.”

Fortson won’t be the only tight end to leave the Chiefs in 2024, most likely. Irv Smith Jr., a former tight end with the Cincinnati Bengals, announced his arrival to the Chiefs on March 12 via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Smith and Kansas City agreed to a $1.2 million, one-year contract. Smith’s addition to the team seems to be an indication that tight end Blake Bell will not be staying in Kansas City. Smith, 25, is seen to be superior to Bell.

Bell, who was selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, recently concluded his fourth season there. He played for the Dallas Cowboys for a year in 2020 after helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, and then he returned to Kansas City in 2021. He inked a $1.2 million, one-year contract with the Chiefs in March of last year.

 


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