The Kansas City Chiefs made it official on Tuesday, announcing that guard Jeff Allen will have a third stint with the Chiefs in 2019.
We have signed free agent G Jeff Allen.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 20, 2019
G Abdul Beecham has been waived. pic.twitter.com/6qHts1sepk
To make room for Allen, the Chiefs waived guard Abdul Beecham.
According to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Chiefs are signing Allen to a one-year deal. No contract details are yet available.
Allen, 29, originally entered the league with the Chiefs when they selected him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Allen spent 2012 to 2015 with the team before signing a four-year deal with the Houston Texans back in 2016. Houston released Allen in July of 2018 with an injury settlement, opening the door for the Chiefs to sign him to a one-year deal in mid-October when they faced injuries along their line.
Allen replaced left guard Cameron Erving when he hurt his knee in the Chiefs’ Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens, then started three straight games at left guard to end the season. It’s worth noting that the Chiefs kept Allen as the starter despite Erving being ready to go prior to their final game in 2018. Erving replaced Allen at left guard in the playoffs.
Allen is a versatile player who can fill any position on the line — which is a valued trait among Chiefs offensive linemen under head coach Andy Reid. He is popular in the locker room — and popular with fans, too. A poll included in our story with the initial report of his signing indicated 97% of Chiefs fans approve of bringing him back to the team.
Beecham, 22, came to the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent from Kansas State. He was one of six players to whom the Chiefs gave a tryout during their mandatory minicamp in June. Following their tryouts, Beecham and fullback Josh Caldwell were both signed to the team. Both have now been released.