When Brett Veach first traded a Day 3 pick to the Cleveland Browns for Cameron Erving, it looked like a shrewd move on the part of a young general manager banking on the classic change-of-scenery deal to work out. On paper, it was worth the risk. Erving was a former first-round pick with versatility across all five positions on the offensive line. He was incredibly athletic and came into the NFL as a known developmental prospect who landed with the league’s most unstable franchise. The dream of bringing him to K.C. and allowing Reid to do his work was a nice thought.
We all know how this worked out. Erving provided the Chiefs with versatility for a couple years as a decent backup, but the idea of a change-of-scenery providing some magic spark for Erving’s potential never materialized. Erving would last three seasons in K.C. overall as the sort of super sub role vacated by Fulton with 25 starts and 40 total games played over those three seasons. He was the team’s primary left guard in 2018, and then filled in long-term for Eric Fisher at left tackle when he had core muscle surgery in ’19.
The Chiefs declined Erving’s contract option last spring which made him a free agent and the Dallas Cowboys seized the opportunity to bring him in. Unfortunately multiple injuries limited his impact in a frustrating season overall for Dallas in terms of health and the team’s offensive line.