Chiefs TE Travis Kelce responds to retirement speculations.

Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end, denied rumors of his retirement on Thursday. "I have no reason to stop playing football, man," he told The Athletic's Nate Taylor. 

"I enjoy it; we continue to succeed, and I approach the situation with the appropriate perspective. I absolutely appreciate the daily challenge of trying to be my best.

I don't want to stop anytime soon." This contradicts the earlier comments. Kelce told the Wall Street Journal in November that the game is extremely physically demanding and that he considers retirement "more than anyone could ever imagine." 

"That's the only thing I've never truly talked about, my unease. "The pain," Kelce explained. "The lasting injuries — the ten surgeries I've undergone.

Perhaps he changed his mind and wants to win another Super Bowl. Kelce is still one of the finest tight ends in the NFL, but his numbers have dropped.

In 15 games, he had 93 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns. In 2022, he recorded a career best 110 receptions for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns.    

Aside from Kelce and rookie receiver Rashee Rice, the Chiefs lack consistent pass catchers. According to Pro Football Reference, Kansas City had the most drops (44) during the regular season.

Superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 27 touchdown passes in 16 games, the second-lowest total of his career.

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