Travis Kelce Says Chiefs Consider Adjusting Harrison Butker's Role Next Season

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end reveals a possible change within his team next season, and it involves kicker Harrison Butker who was hit with backlash for his conservative views.

AceShowbiz - Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has revealed that the team is exploring a possible shift in Harrison Butker's position.

Harrison is a kicker in the Chiefs, and the possible adjustment in his role came following his controversial commencement speech at Benedictine University, where he made remarks about women's role and Pride Month. However, the upcoming shift has nothing to do with the controversy.

Harrison is expected to have a new role due to recent changes in NFL kickoff rules. Implemented in March, they aim to increase the significance of kickoffs by adjusting the alignment of the kicking and receiving teams. Kickers may now be required to participate in tackling, which the Chiefs are keen to avoid for Butker.

"We don't want Butker in those situations," said Travis on his podcast "New Heights."

Despite this potential change, Travis acknowledged Harrison's exceptional kicking abilities. "He's one of the best in the league," Travis said. "He typically kicks it into the stands, through the end zone."

The rule changes also seek to make kickoff returns more frequent and impactful. Travis' brother, Jason Kelce, explained that "football is better when special teams matter."

The Chiefs are considering using safety Justin Reid on kickoffs due to his strong leg and tackling abilities. Reid previously made an extra point in a 2022 game when Harrison was injured.

Harrison Butker has become the talk of the town due to his controversial views on women and LGBTQ+. Despite an online petition calling for his dismissal, the Chiefs have not announced any plans to release him. Travis, Coach Andy Reid, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes defended Harrison although they didn't agree with his beliefs.

Former NFL player Colton Underwood, who has been openly gay, were among those having strong opinions against Harrison. He previously called the need for accountability within the league, "This is when the NFL and their players should speak up. Hold your teammates and players accountable, teach them to be better."

When recently asked about the responses within NFL community, Colton said he was not surprised. "Look, I've been a part of it. At the end of the day, they're making a business decision. I think that is what needs to be said. The NFL, as much as it is a sport, it's an entertainment business," he said.

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