A day after the Kansas City Chiefs released starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, there is news that they would like to keep one of their offensive linemen. The Chiefs are interested in retaining the services of unrestricted free agent-to-be Mike Remmers, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Note on the #Chiefs offensive line that lost its 2 tackles: They’ve been in discussions recently about bringing back OT Mike Remmers, source said. He thrived at RT before moving to the left side out of necessity in the Super Bowl. Should have a market, but KC hopes for a return.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2021
Remmers, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs for 2020 after spending time with eight different organizations.
After not playing in Weeks 1 and 2, Remmers was an emergency starter at right guard against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 when Andrew Wylie was a late scratch due to a stomach illness. Two weeks later, Remmers filled in at left guard when Kelechi Osemele was lost for the season.
In Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills, due to the back injury to Schwartz, Remmers went from left guard to right tackle, where he would start for the Chiefs through the conference championship game. When Eric Fisher was lost in that game, Remmers went from right tackle to left tackle, the position he would play in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LV loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While it is doubtful the Chiefs see Remmers as a starter (he did not hold one of the “top five” positions entering the 2020 season), there is no doubt he is an excellent option as a sixth man, and in a pinch, he is capable of playing every offensive line position other than center.
Remmer’s one-year deal in 2020 was worth $1.19 million — but as a Veteran Salary Benefit contract, it cost the Chiefs only $875,000 against the salary cap. The Chiefs may need to pay a little more, but he is worth a good look at bringing back as a depth piece.
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