KC Chiefs re-sign Austin Reiter just days after releasing him

Austin Reiter, Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Austin Reiter, Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Just like that, Austin Reiter is back in the fold with the Kansas City Chiefs despite being released a few days ago.

The Kansas City Chiefs apparently just wanted to create some short-term roster space. Or maybe they were having seller’s remorse and went back to Austin Reiter with an offer to have his old job back. Either way, Reiter has been on quite a ride in the last few days after being both released and re-signed by the Chiefs.

It was only three days ago that the Chiefs released Reiter from the 90-man offseason roster, a move that looked like the team wanted to allow younger developmental players to fight for backup spots along the offensive interior. Now the Chiefs have welcomed him back, according to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, only three days after he hit free agency.

What’s interesting is that the Chiefs only recently signed Reiter back to the team after a year away spent trying to find meaningful work with three teams. The New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins both had Reiter on their roster during the regular season but he failed to last a half-season with either team. He also had a very short stint with the L.A. Rams late in the season. Then this offseason, the Chiefs brought him back for security behind Creed Humphrey at center.

While Reiter’s starting days are behind him in K.C. with Humphrey in place, it shouldn’t be lost on fans that Reiter once climbed the depth chart to surprise Chiefs Kingdom before. He joined the team as a waiver claim from the Cleveland Browns and ended up starting on two Super Bowl teams, including one championship win.

In his career with the Chiefs, Reiter has played in 42 games with 32 starts.

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