Austin Reiter was arriving in Kansas City just as Matt Nagy was leaving to become head coach of the Chicago Bears, so there’s no known connection here in terms of personnel. However, it’s clear that Reiter would be well-versed in what it means to be the offensive anchor up front for an offense similar to what Andy Reid runs in Kansas City, which makes us believe that Reiter would be a great fit for the Bears.
The Bears line has been unlucky and abysmal so far this year. Teven Jenkins was a favorite of several Chiefs draftniks, and should have been an instant upgrade for the Bears, but unfortunately he could miss the season after back surgery. Germain Ifedi and James Daniels have also dealt with injuries in camp. It’s not as if the talent was overwhelming all around in the first place, so there’s room here for an upgrade especially along the interior.
The Bears already struck in free agency to land Jason Peters to serve as their new left tackle. Daniels, if healthy, can play center, but right now the Bears are rolling with the uninspiring Sam Mustipher and the results won’t be pretty for the long haul. At the very least, getting someone like Reiter onto the roster who can challenge Mustipher is critical to keeping Justin Fields (or Andy Dalton, we suppose) upright.