According to a report from Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest, the Kansas City Chiefs have extended an exclusive rights free agent tender to tight end Nick Keizer.
The Chiefs have tendered a one-year contract offer TE Nick Keizer, an exclusive rights free agent. He’s expected to officially sign in the next couple of days, per source. He played 302 snaps as the No. 2 tight end last season and is a four-phase special teams player.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) March 17, 2021
The Chiefs are finalizing a one-year deal to bring back tight end Nick Keizer, The Star has learned. He received an initial offer last week. The tight end room will now include Kelce, Keizer and Blake Bell.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) March 22, 2021
A 2018 undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State, Keizer came into the league with the Baltimore Ravens. He didn’t make Baltimore’s final roster, but served on their practice squad that season. He returned to the team in the offseason, but didn’t make the 2019 roster, either.
The Chiefs signed him to a one-year contract last May. He played in all 16 games last season, serving primarily as a blocking tight end behind Travis Kelce.
The retirement of fullback Anthony Sherman may have given Keizer a better opportunity to stick with the Chiefs for one more season.
As an exclusive rights free agent with a qualifying offer extended to him — likely for the league minimum based on his his experience — Keizer is now tied to the Chiefs for this season. The contract, however, is not guaranteed; the Chiefs could decide to release him later.