The Kansas City Chiefs’ savvy acquisition of Kyle Long is reminiscent of last season’s signing of Kelechi Osemele.
The 32-year-old Long, who the Chiefs signed to a one-year deal worth up to $5 million, made the Pro Bowl with the Chicago Bears in three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015.
The 31-year-old Osemele made the Stitched Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017 and also was signed to a one-year deal last year.
Osemele started the first five game of the 2020 season and played well — even dominating at times — before tearing both knee tendons Cheap Marcus Allen Jersey against his former team, the Raiders.
That, though, was the rub. The nine-year veteran was talented, but many feared his 6-5, 330-pound body might not hold up.
The concern is the same with Long, a seven-year veteran. The 6-6, 332-pounder is a gifted lineman and an intense mauler, but Cheap Mitchell Schwartz Jersey since 2016 he’s played in at least 10 games just once due to a litany of injuries, including season-ending ankle, shoulder and hip injuries.
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During the 2019 season, Osemele played in three games for the New York Jets before injuring his shoulder. Osemele insisted he Cheap Patrick Mahomes Jersey needed surgery, but the team said he didn’t. The Jets fined him after he refused to practice and for having unauthorized surgery before releasing him.
He did not play in the NFL again until signing with the Chiefs in 2020.
Long retired from the NFL after the 2019 season before signing with the Chiefs in 2021.
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If Long returns to even close to his old self, it will be an excellent addition.
It’s also an intriguing one. Kyle’s father, Hall of Famer Cheap Nick Allegretti Jersey Howie Long, played for the archrival Raiders from 1981 to 1993, and Las Vegas was courting Kyle hard during the early days of free agency.
The Chiefs have notably poached several former Raiders, including running back Marcus Allen and Art Shell (as a coach), through their history.
Osemele also played for the Raiders from 2016 to 2018. Most had assumed the lineman, who is a free agent, was finished after his rare and catastrophic injury in 2020, but he has posted video, detailing his impressive recovery. And he has Cheap Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey reportedly been working out at the Chiefs’ facility.
Perhaps he could be added to the Chiefs’ offensive line mix.
After signing Joe Thuney to a five-year, $80 million deal and Long and with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif set to come back after opting out last season, the Chiefs seem set at the guard position. They also tendered restricted free agent Andrew Wylie.
They’re so deep at guard that they might bump Nick Allegretti, who started nine games at guard last year, to center, the position Cheap Eric Fisher Jersey for which he was listed as the second string on the Super Bowl LIV roster.
During the following year’s Super Bowl is when the Chiefs’ needs along the offensive line became glaring. Operating behind backup tackles, Patrick Mahomes had to run for his life — running an astounding 497 yards before throwing the ball or being sacked — and was hit eight times and sacked three times in Super Bowl LV.
“From a 1,000-foot view when you look at our roster composition,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said this offseason, “we certainty want to build back our offensive line.”
The position, of course, that Cheap Andrew Wylie Jersey remains a glaring need is offensive tackle after the Chiefs released starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, moves that saved the team $18.25 million in salary cap space.
Long, though, does have the capability and certainly the size to play tackle. The Bears even played him extensively at right tackle during the 2015 season.
Another option is filling that need through the draft, which has good depth at offensive tackle.
“The draft looks to be really talented on Cheap Tyrann Mathieu Jersey the offensive line,” Veach said.
The draft is still more than a month away. In the mean time, the Chiefs made yet another shrewd free-agent signing.