And just like that, the Jack Allen era is over in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Chiefs claimed offensive guard Ethan Cooper from the Green Bay Packers Tuesday, waiving the recently-acquired Allen (left squad designation) in the process. ESPN’s Field Yates was the first the report the news on Twitter.
Source: the Chiefs have claimed G Ethan Cooper off of waivers from the Packers and waived recently acquired C Jack Allen (left squad).— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 7, 2018
Cooper, 23, is a 6-foot-2, 322-pound offensive lineman who first entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana (PA) with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017. Following a short tenure in Pittsburgh, the New York Giants signed Cooper to their practice squad in October 2017 but was waived in July.
The Packers picked Cooper up on July 13 but opted to waive him on Monday.
At IUP, Cooper made 37 starts, moving from left guard to right tackle in 2016, his senior season. Cooper was a Division II All-American in 2016.
With Allen’s departure, the Chiefs will need to find a replacement for the second-string center position, but Cooper doesn’t seem to fit that mold. Perhaps the Chiefs continue to use starting left guard Cam Erving in multiple spots Thursday night as a safety net, or mix in Jordan Devey, who played the position Week 17 last year against the Denver Broncos.