Anthony Becht’s career in sports media is going on the back-burner for the time being. The Chiefs announced Thursday morning the team had signed the 11-year veteran tight end. In a corresponding move, the Chiefs placed LB
After being released by Arizona last preseason, Becht had been working as a football analyst (video reel here), an ESPN Radio co-host in Tampa Bay and as the President of Anthony Becht Football Camp, LLC throughout the past year.
"It's been a privilege to play 10 years in the NFL. I love playing this game and I'm fortunate to get this opportunity. I will work my hardest to help the Chiefs this season. I would like to thank everyone for (their) support. … It's good to be back!" Becht said via his Twitter page.
Becht’s addition comes on the heels of Jake O’Connell leaving practice with an undisclosed injury earlier this week. O’Connell has served as the Chiefs third tight end each of the past two seasons, but hasn’t practiced since Sunday.
Moeaki made 15 starts last season and set a Chiefs rookie record for receptions by a tight end with 47 catches.
“(Moeaki’s) catching up physically to a lot of the guys because again, he was on the side working, but not in the same manner that everyone else was, so that can slow you down a little bit,” Head Coach Todd Haley said. “But, I think he’s getting up to speed. I think this next week, week-and-a-half will be real critical for him and all the tight ends, that they continue to understand both areas plus special teams.”
Among tight ends, O’Connell has been the Chiefs primary source of special teams snaps.
Becht, 6-6 and 270 pounds, carries the reputation of being an excellent run blocker. He’s appeared in 158 games (127 starts) with four different teams from 2000-09. He and Haley crossed paths with the N.Y. Jets in 2000 when Becht was the Jets first-round pick and Haley was serving as the club’s wide receivers coach.
Becht last played with Arizona in 2009 and owns 185 career catches for 1,511 yards (8.2 avg.) with 21 touchdowns.