Despite Mike Remmers struggling in a Super Bowl for the second time, the Chiefs want him to be part of their reconfigured offensive line.
The two-time defending AFC champions are bringing Remmers back on a one-year deal worth $3.5MM, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The nomadic blocker could earn up to $7MM on this contract.
Kansas City signed Remmers last year, and he ended up playing a pivotal role. Mitchell Schwartz‘s back injury thrust Remmers into action. He started 10 regular-season games and all three of Kansas City’s playoff tilts. After Eric Fisher‘s Achilles tear in the AFC championship game, the Chiefs turned to Remmers at left tackle in Super Bowl LV. While his matchup with Jason Pierre-Paul somewhat resembled his Super Bowl 50 encounter with Von Miller, Remmers has been an NFL starter for the past six seasons.
The Chiefs have cut both Schwartz and Fisher, leaving two gaping holes on the edges of their offensive line. While Kansas City added Joe Thuney on a monster guard deal and brought Kyle Long out of retirement, the team’s tackle needs remain noticeable. Remmers, 32 in April, would stand to either fill one of them at a low cost or reprise the swing role he was brought in to play last year. In his tweet announcing the agreement, Rapoport characterizes Remmers as a Chiefs starter. Remmers’ agent, Brett Tessler, concurs, understandably (Twitter link). It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs go in that direction given the tackle stability the organization possessed going into 2020.
Remmers worked as Carolina’s starting right tackle from 2015-17. He played with Minnesota in 2018 and the Giants in 2019, starting 30 games between those two seasons. While maligned at times, Remmers has started 88 games in his career. Both he and Andrew Wylie, a guard whom the Chiefs turned to at right tackle in the Super Bowl, are back for 2021.
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