The Chiefs have locked up one of their starting offensive linemen for years to come. The team has agreed to a five-year, $41.25MM extension with guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The deal includes $20MM in guaranteed money, a source tells Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star (on Twitter). It’s not immediately clear how much of that $20MM is guaranteed at signing versus yearly guarantees that are triggered at the outset of each league year.
Over the last two years, the 6’5″ lineman has appeared in 30 games for KC with 27 starts. In 2016, he was ranked as the 27th best guard in the NFL by Pro Football Focus with a 78.4 overall score. That grade put him ahead of notables like Kyle Long, Austin Pasztor, and Patrick Omameh. His pass blocking was particularly strong and he had the 14th highest score amongst guards in that area by PFF’s measure.
Duvernay-Tardif had one more year to go on his rookie deal, but the Chiefs saw an opportunity to lock him up on what they feel is a team-friendly extension. The contract could take the guard through his age-30 season. Sometime after that, the McGill product hopes to become a full-time doctor.