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Monday, July 18, 2011
Casey Wiegmann not retiring

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Veteran center Casey Wiegmann wants to play in 2011.

Wiegmann had been considering retirement. Earlier this offseason, his agent said the free-agent center was "50-50" to return in 2011. However, agent Joe Linta said Wiegmann has decided he wants to play this year if a contract can be worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Linta said Wiegmann, who will turn 38 Wednesday, is in the best shape he's been in years. He will be entering his 16th NFL season.

Wiegmann is one of the veterans who may have benefited from the lockout. Had Wiegmann had to go through an extensive offseason workout program, he could have decided to retire.

Wiegmann extended his consecutive snap streak, which began in 2001, to beyond 10,000 in 2010.

While a contract agreement with Kansas City is not certain, the Chiefs likely will be interested in bringing back Wiegmann. Earlier this offseason, Chiefs coach Todd Haley said he wanted Wiegmann to return.

Wiegmann, who came back to Kansas City in 2010 for his second tour of duty with the team, started all 16 games last season and he was a big part of the offensive line that paved the way for the No.1-ranked run offense in the NFL.

Kansas City drafted center Rodney Hudson of Florida State in the second round in April, but if Wiegmann returns he likely will get the chance to start.

Bill Williamson covers the AFC West for ESPN.com.