The Kansas City Chiefs are as yet during the process of redoing their offensive line, including the chance of bringing back two familiar faces. Mitchell Schwartz is recuperating from a back injury and Eric Fisher is rehabbing from an Achilles injury – nor are as of now on the Chiefs roster.
In any case, head coach Andy Reid will not guideline out either player returning this offseason.
“You never know,” Reid said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “This is a small fraternity of teams, and so you never know. What goes around could come back around to you. Not that they’re not back with us at some point, but that door always remains open. These guys did it the right way here.”
The Chiefs stunned the NFL world with the release of Fisher and Schwartz a month ago, with an end goal to save salary cap space. Fisher, the previous No. 1 overall pick who has made two Pro Bowls in his career, turned 30 years of age in January and could get back to Kansas City in a team-friendly deal. Forthcoming on how rapidly Fisher recuperates from his injury, he would be the top pick to recover the left tackle spot (Martinas Rankin is the projected starter). Schwartz, 31, is thinking about retirement, yet is proceeding to recovery his back. He just played six games last season.
The Chiefs have options at right tackle as recently signed Kyle Long could play the position. Veterans Mike Remmers or Andrew Wylie are additionally alternatives and 2020 third-round pick Lucas Niang was referenced by Reid as a candidate for one of the tackle spots, remarkably the left side.
Kansas City is expecting Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back this season after he opted out 2020 because of COVID-19. Duvernay-Tardif can slide into the correct guard spot. The Chiefs additionally signed Joe Thuney to play left guard and Austin Blythe at center. Kansas City is as yet anticipating not having Fisher and Schwartz, yet the Chiefs will not turn the page on the long-term tackles.
“I wouldn’t tell you at any position that we’re done looking. We’re always going to keep our eyes open, try and make ourselves better, which we need to do,” Reid said. “We’ve got to do that. When you’re sitting in our position, you’re not just striving to stay the same. You’re trying to get yourself better.”