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Mike McGlynn becomes the most experienced offensive lineman on the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday signed veteran offensive guard Mike McGlynn, most recently with the Indianapolis Colts. Let's meet the Chiefs new player.

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Age: 29
Height: 6'4
Weight: 325 pounds
College: Pittsburgh
Draft: 2008 (4th)
NFL seasons: 5
Starts: 48

Notice McGlynn is 29 years old. His birthday is March 8, 1985. That is three days older than OT Ryan Harris (born March 11), which makes McGlynn the oldest offensive lineman on the team. He also has the most career starts (48) along the offensive line.

Josh Wilson at SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue, writes:

"When you say the name Mike McGlynn around Colts fans, they'll likely just groan, or laugh, or something like that. He wasn't very popular while in Indianapolis, but it wasn't really all his fault. First, he was playing beside Samson Satele, who was terrible at center. Secondly, he was never supposed to turn into a two-year starter but rather was supposed to be a stop-gap and depth guy.

"When McGlynn played at guard for the Colts, he didn't help much to protect Andrew Luck or pave lanes for the running back, but it was clear that he wasn't the weakest link on the offensive line, nor was he the worst option the Colts could have had. Also, when the Colts had an injury to the starting center, they would shift McGlynn over there, and he actually did a good job. As a guard, McGlynn is good depth, and then I think he's especially valuable as a depth center. You can do a lot better than Mike McGlynn, but you can also do a lot worse than Mike McGlynn, especially at center."

That's about what you expect for a player who is available in August. There are obvious flaws but you try to maximize what he does well.

Like most NFL coaches, Andy Reid talks a lot about players that can play multiple positions along the offensive line. That's what you've seen with starter Jeff Allen, free agent signing Jeff Linkenbach and rookie Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. McGlynn adds some of that with his ability to play a couple of positions. I would guess -- emphasize guess -- that McGlynn will be competing for a reserve spot early on in the season until he's familiar with the system. That's assuming he's making the roster.

Speaking of the system, it's interesting that the Chiefs have now signed two linemen from the Colts last season. Both have a shot at making the roster.

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