The Kansas City Chiefs unofficially demoted offensive lineman Cam Erving to a backup swing-tackle role when they released their depth chart on Monday night; on Tuesday, they extended his contract.
The Chiefs announced the move on their official Twitter account.
The Chiefs have signed offensive lineman Cam Erving to a contract extension. pic.twitter.com/3ufqXnbGwu— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 4, 2018
Friend of the site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports chimed in with contract details.
OT/OG Cam Erving has agreed to a two-year extension with the Chiefs worth up to $15.7M, depending on how much he plays, per source. Deal also includes $6.45M in guarantees and makes him one of the highest-paid swing linemen in the league.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 4, 2018
Erving had been entering the final year of his deal in 2018 after the Chiefs chose not to exercise his fifth-year option back in early May.
Head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs have always been high on offensive linemen who are versatile, and during his short time with the Chiefs, Erving has at least practiced at all five positions.
“Cam is very versatile,” offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said on August 6. “He can play center, he can play guard, he can play tackle. If you ask him, he can play tight end and running back as well. He also said he could throw it. He is doing a heck of a job. He is smart, he is tough, he is flexible and when you got those guys who can play any position it makes him valuable.
“He brings that versatility and that helps us. Now we don’t get pigeonholed trying to play him in one spot. That helps us a great deal.”
Erving was the Chiefs’ first-team left guard all training camp and preseason, but after a less-than-stellar performance, the team opted to go with Andrew Wylie as its starter.
Erving, who the Chiefs traded for back in August of 2017, has gone on record to say that he is most comfortable playing the tackle position. Now he will be serving the Chiefs as the backup for both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz for the next couple of seasons.
The Chiefs have been seeking a player to replace Zach Fulton’s since Fulton left the team this offseason to sign with the Houston Texans. From 2014 to 2017, Fulton started 40 games (including playoffs) for the Chiefs—20 at right guard, 12 at center and 18 at left guard.
“I learned a lot from Zach as far as how he just played each position seamlessly,” Erving said. “That comes with time, of course. I definitely learned a lot from Zach as far as his approach to the game and how he narrowed things down and didn’t try and think about too much.”
Fulton was paid for his versatility, and now Erving has been, too.
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