An era came to an end for the Kansas City Chiefs last month when fullback Anthony Sherman called it a career and announced his retirement.
Beloved by Chiefs fans for the entirety of his eight-year tenure in Kansas City, the man adorned with the nickname “Sausage” appeared in all but three games across that span — missing three games last season after a positive COVID-19 test.
Needless to say, the fullback left some big shoes to fill for whoever takes his place behind Patrick Mahomes in the Chiefs backfield.
The Chiefs think they’ve found the right man for the job in 29-year-old journeyman Michael Burton, inking him to a one-year deal Monday.
Burton said there were a few reasons that made Kansas City the right fit for him.
“The opportunity to play for a great head coach and a great organization, a winning team, a team that’s expectations are Super Bowl,” Burton said. “I think that’s hard to say in this league that each year you have a very, very good chance of going to the Super Bowl, and I think that was really important.”
A fifth round pick out of Rutgers in the 2015 NFL Draft, Burton has spent time with four different franchises across his first six seasons in the league. Spending time at both fullback and tight end, Burton has served primarily in a blocking role, most recently with the New Orleans Saints, where he blocked for All-Pro running back Alvin Kamara.
Coming to a different style of offense with Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, Burton said his versatility serves him well for the group he will be joining, which uses a fullback differently than others.
“I think in the West Coast offense specifically, they’ve got to be able to do multiple things,” Burton said. “I think it brings great value and that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come here— it was because Coach Reid has always used a fullback and has always had that West Coast offensive scheme.”
Burton said he’s been a long time admirer of Andy Reid and the way he uses fullbacks in his offense. As he looks to achieve success with Reid, Burton said he’s also looking forward to
“Coach Reid has always carried a fullback, even since his days in Philadelphia. He’s always had one, evidence of Anthony Sherman being here for eight years in a row,” Burton said. “Between the opportunity of being part of a winning organization and scheme fit, I thought it was a really good opportunity for me.”
Although he’s never met his predecessor, Burton said he’s admired Sherman from afar for quite some time. Burton said he plans to fill Sherman’s shoes as best as possible and help the Chiefs push for another Super Bowl run.
“Us fullbacks, we like to stick together and help each other out for sure,” Burton said. “He’s a guy you always watch. He’s been a great player in this league for a long time, and he’s done things the right way.”