Kansas City Chiefs: Top 5 Tight Ends in Franchise History

Farzin Vousoughian@farzin21Contributor IIIJune 13, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs: Top 5 Tight Ends in Franchise History

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    One position where the Kansas City Chiefs have had a lot of success over the years is the tight end spot. The Chiefs have one tight end who shattered and holds every notable record for a tight end, followed by several others who have made big contributions to the franchise.

    We now move forward to the tight ends as we continue to rank the top five Chiefs players at each position. As always, look through and spew out your thoughts on this list!

5. Keith Cash

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    Keith Cash had a short tenure in Kansas City—five seasons—but he brought a lot for the franchise under then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

    When Steve Bono became the new Chiefs quarterback in 1995, as Cash’s career eventually dwindled, Cash had his best season as a player.

    Despite only one touchdown grab, Cash caught 42 passes for 419 yards.
    In his five years with the Chiefs, Cash caught 111 passes for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns.

4. Jason Dunn

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    While the Chiefs had a Pro Bowl tight end at one side, Jason Dunn was Kansas City's No. 2 tight end. However, he was no ordinary backup tight end. Dunn's size and stature was greatly valued by former head coaches Gunther Cunningham and Dick Vermeil.

    The Chiefs offense had many great players who provided big blocks. Dunn was one of them. Former running backs Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson had many options when given the football. Going behind Dunn on a carry was one they did not have to second-guess. Dunn's blocking skills were helpful the most in goal-line situations. Due to Kansas City's great group of blockers, Dunn was one of many players who pushed through with ease to allow Holmes and Johnson to score.

    During his eight seasons in Kansas City, Dunn caught 41 passes for 353 yards and seven touchdowns. Before coming to the Chiefs, Dunn caught 40 passes in the span of three seasons. Clearly, his role with the Chiefs was far different. But Dunn enjoyed every moment of it, as he was part of one of the most dynamic offenses in NFL history.

3. Walter White

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    As the Chiefs said goodbye to the greatest quarterback that played for their franchise, and still the greatest to this day, Len Dawson, Mike Livingston filled in for him about the same time Walter White joined the Chiefs in 1975.

    White played for an offense that had a thin core of wide receivers, Henry Marshall being the only worthy receiver on the team. Therefore, Livingston looked to White a lot for an open player.

    White played in 63 games for the Chiefs, catching 163 passes for 2,396 yards and 16 catches coming in the end zone.

    His best year was in 1976 where he had a career high in receiving yards and touchdowns and had his second-best season in terms of receptions, falling one reception short of his personal high in a single season. White came away with 47 catches for 808 yards and seven touchdown grabs. That helped the Chiefs finish seventh in total offense while placing second overall in the passing game.

2. Fred Arbanas

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    Another player who spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs franchise is Fred Arbanas.

    Arbanas spent eight seasons in the AFL and one in the NFL as a member of the Dallas Texans and Chiefs. Outside of Otis Taylor and Chris Burford, Len Dawson’s next big target was his tight end.

    Arbanas caught 198 passes for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns, making him the most dominant tight end during the AFL before merging with the NFL.

    Arbanas also has one Super Bowl ring, which helps him rank high on this list.

1. Tony Gonzalez

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    Surprise! OK. Not really.

    It is obvious to everyone Tony Gonzalez has earned the No. 1 placement on this list with ease. It is hard to make a point saying he does not.

    Gonzalez has shattered the record for most receptions (1,149), yards (13,338) and touchdowns (95) by any tight end in a career in NFL history. Gonzalez earned the top spot in those three categories before being traded by the Chiefs to the Atlanta Falcons as he continues to set the bar high for young and future tight ends.

    During his long tenure with the Chiefs, Gonzalez made it to 10 Pro Bowls with nine All-Pro selections.

    While with the Chiefs, Gonzalez caught 916 passes for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns. No other player in Chiefs history has more.

    One of his best seasons came in 2004, where he had the most receptions (102) and receiving yards (1,258) in a single-season in his career. His 102 receptions was more than any pass-catcher that season in the NFL.

    Gonzalez, less likely to beat Jerry Rice for the record, is second all-time for most receptions in a career.

    Even though Gonzalez is 36, he plays as if he is younger, making him one of the most impressive and valuable players to ever play the game at the professional level.

Where Will Tony Moeaki Finish in the Top 5?

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    Tony Moeaki has only been with the Chiefs for two years, but played in one. Despite the one-year season he had, he is a fan favorite since he came from a nearby college in the University of Iowa.

    His one-handed touchdown grab during his rookie season against the San Francisco 49ers turned him into celebrity in Kansas City.

    Moeaki had a good rookie season compared to Gonzalez and other tight ends in franchise history.

    It simply is a matter of staying healthy and not consistently being hurt. With Kevin Boss on the team, Moeaki's statistics may take a dip, but it will still allow him to reach this list with ease.

    If he can stay clear from the training room for a majority of his career, this list can be revisited with a well-argued statement that Moeaki deserves a spot on this list.

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