Eric Kush lands back in AFC West with Las Vegas Raiders

Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Kush is back in the AFC West after signing with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Las Vegas Raiders have been busy for the entirety of the first week of free agency and they continue to sign new players to a team in need of talent with the addition of offensive lineman Eric Kush.

Kush spent last season with the Cleveland Browns and played in all 16 games for them, starting seven at guard. Before that, he’d also turned into a starting lineman at both guard spots for the Chicago Bears, turning in 11 starts over two seasons after the team suffered injuries along the interior (Kyle Long, et al).

Kush first entered the NFL as the sixth-round choice of the Kansas City Chiefs back in the 2013 NFL Draft. From there, he stuck around as a back-up lineman and on special teams in K.C. for two seasons before he was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into the 2015 season. From there, Kush spent time with the Bucs, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, and St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.

A developmental small-school prospect from California (Pa.), it’s been interesting to see John Dorsey‘s initial vision for Kush come to fruition with enough strength, conditioning, coaching, and experience at the pro level. Kush was a sixth round reach at the time, but Kush has made good on Dorsey’s belief with hard work at every place that’s given him an opportunity. Now he can help the Raiders up front along a line that could use the depth and talent.

Expect Kush to hold down the spots behind Gabe Jackson and Richie Incognito in Las Vegas.