Given the acquisition of Erving, whose ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line could be an asset to the team, the Chiefs’ decision to release Reid is not a major surprise. Reid was one of two players the Chiefs looked at during the preseason with regards to the “swing” tackle position, with Isaiah Battle being the other. Battle, who has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game, was selected by the then-St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the 2015 Supplemental Draft.
Reid was due to enter his seventh season in the NFL, with his career beginning as a third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 NFL Draft. After not making a start as a rookie, Reid started seven of the nine games he played in during the 2012 season. Reid spent four seasons in Baltimore before being signed by the Chiefs just before the start of the 2015 season.
Reid made 10 starts in 2015, playing well enough to receive a three-year contract extension in December 2015. Reid appeared in 12 games last season, making one start on a team that won a share of the AFC West title.
The question now with regards to the Chiefs offensive line depth chart is what this means for Battle moving forward. As mentioned above he has yet to play in an NFL regular-season game, and the acquisition of Erving makes Thursday’s preseason finale an important game for Battle.