Are the Kansas City Chiefs about to sign Keith Reaser?

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Cornerback Keith Reaser
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Cornerback Keith Reaser /

With the suspension of the Alliance of American Football’s league operations, it’s on the verge of folding. Are the Chiefs about to sign Keith Reaser?

The end of the Alliance of American Football is rapidly approaching after the league’s operations were suspended. As a result, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman expects several AAF players to be signed to NFL teams.

The AAF featured many standout players, one of whom was Keith Reaser. The Chiefs signed Reaser to the practice squad at the start of the 2017 season, but he was placed on injured reserve and released at the start of the 2018 season. When the AAF officially folds, it would make sense for the Chiefs to bring Reaser back to the team.

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During Reaser’s time with the Chiefs, general manager Brett Veach had plenty of praise for him and fellow cornerback Will Redmond, citing injuries as the reason why they weren’t contributing in the NFL.

"“Look you still have guys like Keith Reaser and Will Redmond that people don’t really talk about, but Will Redmond was a mid-round pick by the 49ers coming off an injury and Keith Reaser was a guy we liked. I think he was also coming off an injury out of Florida Atlantic a few years back. A lot of people won’t talk about those guys, but when you start stacking those types of players in regards to what is out there in the draft class you feel good about them.”"

When Reaser got another chance with the AAF’s Orlando Apollos, he quickly went to work. He put on a strong performance over the first two weeks of the inaugural season and was the highest graded cornerback according to Pro Football Focus.

Over his time with the Apollos, Reaser has tallied 12 total tackles, 10 passes defended, and 3 interceptions, including a game winning pick six. After his hot start, he did cool down slightly; however, he still showed what he’s capable of.

The Chiefs defense last year struggled, especially with in the secondary. To help improve it, the Chiefs signed safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Both Mathieu and Breeland are a huge boost to the secondary, but it could still use some help, particularly at cornerback.

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It makes sense for the Chiefs to go after a player like Reaser and sign him on a cheap contract. Brett Veach was willing to give Reaser a chance before, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he gives him another. Ultimately, the Chiefs can only benefit from signing Reaser again.