Kansas City Chiefs bring back Keith Reaser from AAF

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

The Kansas City Chiefs have decided to bring back cornerback Keith Reaser after his success in the Alliance of American Football.

When all Alliance of American Football operations were suspended, it was evident that the league was headed towards folding. Then, the AAF issued a statement that, effective immediately, all AAF players would be authorized to sign with NFL clubs.

The Kansas City Chiefs decided to jump on this opportunity to add some depth to the secondary by bringing back cornerback Keith Reaser. The Chiefs initially signed Reaser to the practice squad back in 2017. While he eventually made the roster, they designated him to injured reserve and released him at the beginning of the 2018 season. The full details of Reaser’s new contract are not out yet, but it includes $100k up front in bonuses.

When the AAF started, Reaser quickly went to work and made an impact. After just two weeks, he earned himself honors as the highest graded cornerback, with a rating of 90.6 according to Pro Football Focus.

During his time playing for the Orlando Apollos, he accumulated a total of 12 tackles, 10 passes defended, and 3 interceptions. His biggest play was a go ahead pick six that ended up being the decisive factor in the Apollos’ win.

While his performance in the AAF has been a small sample size, he’s shown the talent he possess and that he has the potential to contribute in the NFL. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach was initially optimistic about Reaser’s ability when he first signed him, and now perhaps his optimism will be justified.

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The move makes sense for the Chiefs, as they need help in the secondary. Whether Reaser becomes a starter or not, he adds needed depth to the Chiefs secondary. Reaser’s last chance with the Chiefs ended in his release, but, with a second chance to prove himself, perhaps it’s his time to contribute in the NFL.