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Report: Chiefs sign offensive tackle Mike Remmers

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The Chiefs signed another veteran player late on Friday afternoon.

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According to a report from friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports, the Kansas City Chiefs signed offensive lineman Mike Remmers to a one-year contract late on Friday afternoon.

6-feet-5 and 310 pounds, the 30-year-old Remmers is a nine-year NFL veteran. A product of Oregon State, he entered the league as an undrafted free agent signed by the Denver Broncos in 2012. Released by the Broncos at the end of training camp, he bounced through the practice squads (and sometimes the active rosters) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams before landing with the Carolina Panthers midway through the 2014 season. There he started 37 games through 2016.

Signed to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Vikings in the spring of 2017, Remmers started 27 games over two seasons. After he underwent back surgery following the 2018 season (in which he had started all 16 games), the Vikings released him. With the New York Giants in 2019, Remmers started 14 games.

If you’ve been keeping track, he has now played for seven NFL teams over nine seasons. But it’s probably a mistake to characterize him as just a journeyman offensive lineman.

He’s started all seven of the playoff games in which his teams have appeared — playing 100% of the offensive snaps in every one of them — including the Panthers’ loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Carolina finished that season 15-1, rushing for at least 100 yards in every game. Over the last five seasons, Remmers has started all but seven games.

Remmers has mostly played at right tackle through his career, but has played everywhere on the line except center — just the kind of experience and versatility Chiefs head coach Andy Reid loves for his offensive linemen to have.

The terms of Renner’s contract are not yet known. His 2019 contract with the Giants was a one-year deal totaling $2.5 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus and an $875,000 roster bonus. His Chiefs deal is likely to be somewhat less, but his contract will reduce the team’s limited cap space by at least $375,000. This will leave the team with no more than $1.4 million in cap space.