Chiefs sign Jah Reid to three-year extension


The Kansas City Chiefs have signed right tackle Jah Reid to a three-year contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Reid was signed on the eve of Week 1 and has started in eight games this season, filling in admirably for both Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen. The financial terms of the deal are unknown at this time.

Reid is likely being signed to play in a depth role for the Chiefs. While Pro Football Focus ranks him as the fifth-worst offensive tackle in the game, I would disagree with fervor. Reid has not been great, but considering the quality of pass-rushers he has faced, and the revolving door at right guard, I feel Reid has done a nice job. Factor in he is still learning the playbook and is only 27 years old, and he’s a nice signing.

Alex Smith had this to say about Reid, per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun:

"“He has come in and [played well],” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. “He came in at a tough spot when we signed him right away, and he ended up our opening day starter because of injuries, going against the Texans on the road, and did a great job from there, I think, stepping in and studying hard and cramming and being able to go then.“And from there on, every time an opportunity came, he has played really, really well. He’s tough and gritty in there. So, that entire group, I feel like, [has] a good thing going on upfront. He’s a big part of that, just with his mindset and the attention to detail that he brings to the position.”"

This move also means the end of Stephenson. The former third-round pick is going to hit free agency this offseason and there is no way he’s coming back with a swing tackle already locked up, and Eric Fisher signed at left tackle. This also calls into question what will happen with Jeff Allen. Do the Chiefs see him more as a guard or tackle?

Regardless, this is one less player who needs to be negotiated with this offseason, something of the utmost important for general manager John Dorsey. This is a man who will be trying to sign Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito, Husain Abdullah, Tyvon Branch, Jaye Howard, Eric Berry, Tamba Hali and Sean Smith among others.