There are so many “what ifs” that float around professional sports that most of the time they are meaningless and fan-driven. “What if the Cleveland Browns had drafted Tom Brady instead of Spergon Wynn?” “What is LeBron James never left the Cleveland Cavaliers?” “What if there wasn’t a rain delay in the World Series?”
And those are just Cleveland sports-related.
There are the rare occurrences where the “what ifs” are far more real.
In the case of Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, the dream has always been to play for the Browns. He and his brother, OL Jason Kelce, dressed up like Bernie Kosar as kids for Halloween and named their podcast, “The Heights” after Cleveland Heights.
Talking to musical artist MGK, another famous Clevelander and Browns fan, on his podcast, Travis Kelce was offered a sum of money to come home and play for Cleveland when his contract with the Chiefs was up. After laughing and noting how good things were in Kansas City, the tight end dating Taylor Swift shared a predraft conversation he had with then Browns HC Rob Chudzinski:
“That was the original dream. When they brought the team back, I remember, I think I cried, in coach Chudzinski’s like face when I was getting drafted to like ‘Please let me (expletive) play for Cleveland.’ It was like one of my dreams to play for the Browns.”
The interaction between Travis and MGK, along with Jason for a moment, is both a fun one for Cleveland fans and a somewhat sad “what if” situation. You can see the whole thing here:
Bring Travis home (dreaming, but still) pic.twitter.com/2abKn3B6yr— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) November 29, 2023
The 34-year-old Kelce is signed through 2025 currently with the Chiefs but, if his level of play doesn’t remain high, could be released with minimal salary cap problems. Since they play in the same conference and, theoretically, are both competing to make the Super Bowl, it seems unlikely Cleveland would be able to trade for the top-flight tight end.
By 37, when his contract is up, it is unlikely that Kelce will be still producing at a high level but a one year veteran deal to live out his dream and help mentor some younger players could be in the cards.