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Former LB Chiefs Anthony Hitchens Work for Saints

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Former Kansas City quarterback Anthony Hitchens recently had the opportunity to work for an NFC team in the middle of training camp.

Hitchens was one of four support staff members working for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, August 4, according to NFL trading lines.

Other full-backs who have worked for New Orleans are Kiko Alonso, Jon Bostic and Chase Hansen.

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If Hitchens, 30, signs for the Saints, he will reunite with the Chiefs’ old and safe teammate, Tyrann Mathieu, who joined New Orleans at the end of the season. However, New Orleans is expected to re-sign Alonso, who played for the Saints in 2019, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on the 4th of August.

Hitchens’ last reported visit was in April when he met the Chicago Bears. But he didn’t walk out of that meeting with a contract. With the Saints planning to re-sign Alonso, Hitchens will continue to wait for the opportunity to sign with another NFL team as training camp resumes.


Chiefs released after lackluster tenure

One of the first moves of the 2022 season for Chiefs is to release Hitchens on February 22. The move is an opportunity for the already limited Chiefs to then free up limited space, as the release Hitchens’ release has freed up $8.44 million in captivity, according to Over the Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald.

The move to release Hitchens makes sense for Kansas City, as Hitchens didn’t live out the five-year, $45 million contract he signed with the Chiefs in 2018.

Though Hitchens is always available – he’s missed just 4 games since joining Kansas City – and is the lead, he’s only scored over 100 tackles in a season with the Chiefs and hasn’t won a Pro. Bowl in any of the four seasons. So saying goodbye to the 29-year-old defender is warranted, especially given the arrival of Nick Bolton in the second round of 2021.

However, General Manager Brett Veach appreciates what Hitchens has given the captain over the past four seasons, despite how it ended.

“When I first became general manager, one of the first moves I wanted to make was to bring in Anthony Hitchens from Dallas,” Veach said. “We know what a smart, hardworking and consistent player he is, and we know he will become a selfless leader. He is that and more. He’s all the unseen and was an integral part of our franchise when it came to winning the Super Bowl title. We appreciate everything he has done for the organization and wish him the best as he continues his career.”


Captain Cut Defenders Injured Veterans

Defensive-handling captain Cortez Broughton, who had been placed on the team’s physically active/non-competitive list (PUP) on July 26, was relieved of duty on July 27 and later was reassigned. put back on the bench/PUP on July 28, cut from the team with injury settlement on August 4, according to the trade wire.

Broughton is primarily the training team for the captains for the 2021 season. He was promoted to the active squad for one game, which was in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Chargers. He then signed a reserve/future deal with the defending champions AFC West in February.

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