1:34pm: Reid’s three-year extension can be worth up to $12MM, with a $10.2MM base value, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Rapoport adds that the contract features just under $4MM in guaranteed money.
12:37pm: The Chiefs have agreed to a deal with offensive tackle Jah Reid that will extend the lineman’s contract by three years, reports Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post (Twitter link). Reid’s contract had been set to expire at the end of the 2015 season.
Reid, 27, was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2011 draft, but never found a permanent role in Baltimore. Over the course of four seasons with the club, he appeared in 39 games, starting seven, before being cut earlier this year. The Chiefs signed Reid prior to the regular season, and he has been unexpectedly effective in Kansas City, starting eight games for the team — the Chiefs are 7-1 in those games.
“Jah has been a good pickup for us, just from the stand point of we got banged up up front there, and so he was thrown in, kind of, in the action his first week here against the Texans,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said this week, per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. “A couple games after that, he played, and then he had a little hiatus there, where he didn’t play; and we’ve had to bring him back here. So, he has been very valuable to us from that respect.”
Pro Football Focus hasn’t been particularly fond of Reid’s play, ranking him 71st out of 75 qualified offensive tackles this season, giving him an especially low grade as a pass blocker. However, the Chiefs liked what they’ve seen enough to ensure the UCF product doesn’t reach the free agent market this winter.
We’ll have to wait for the full salary details on the new three-year extension, which should keep Reid under team control through 2018, to see exactly how enthusiastic Kansas City is about his performance — it’s not clear if the team views him as a long-term starter, or as more of a swing tackle. Even a modest deal will represent a raise for Reid though, since he played this season on a minimum salary contract that didn’t include a signing bonus.