DeVito’s retirement isn’t as surprising as Abdullah’s. DeVito is slightly older, his contract had expired and, unlike Abdullah, it’s not clear the Chiefs wanted him back.
DeVito didn’t cite this as a reason for his retirement but he had two concussions last season, according to the injury reports the Chiefs are required to file to the NFL.
DeVito was a useful player for the Chiefs in his three seasons since joining them as a free agent from the New York Jets. He was a sturdy run defender, though he came out of the lineup in obvious passing situations.
The Chiefs have the defensive-line depth to withstand his loss. They have Allen Bailey, Jaye Howard, Dontari Poe and Nick Williams. Perhaps they will select another lineman in an early round in a draft that has good depth at these positions.