The Kansas City Chiefs added an offensive lineman to the roster Wednesday, as the team acquired Cameron Erving from the Cleveland Browns. The Browns will receive the Chiefs’ fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in return.
Selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Erving appeared in 29 games during his two seasons with the Browns, 17 of those being starts. After seeing time at both guard positions in his rookie season, Erving was used at center and right tackle in 2016. Erving played in Cleveland’s preseason opener, but he would miss the next two games due to a calf injury suffered in practice ahead of the Browns’ game against the New York Giants.
On Tuesday it was reported that Erving was one of the players the Browns were looking to move, with cornerback Joe Haden being another. Haden was released by the team Wednesday morning, with the Browns lowering the cap hit from $14.4 million to $7.3 million by making that move.
Erving will earn a base salary of $1,292,188 this season, according to Spotrac, with that number increasing to $1,720,781 in 2018. Erving’s versatility could be attractive for the Chiefs, who have looked at multiple players while attempting to fill a “swing tackle” role (can play on either side of the line) in the rotation.
Jah Reid and Isaiah Battle are two of the offensive linemen the Chiefs have considered, according to the Kansas City Star, with Reid entering his seventh NFL season and Battle his second. Battle, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 Supplemental Draft by the Rams, has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game.