The Kansas City Chiefs announced Kyle Long would be returning from the PUP list (physically unable to perform) after an offseason leg injury. According to spotrac.com, Long signed a 1 year, $1,500,000 contract. His base salary is $1,100,000, and a signing bonus of $350,000. He would also receive a $50,000 workout bonus. The Chiefs now have three weeks to decide on his status.
Ideally, he will be placed back on the active roster. The worst-case scenario is he is placed on IR or is released.
Kyle Long Designated to Return?
The long-time Chicago Bear decided to unretire after stepping away from the game for injuries. His destination would be Kansas City. At the time, this was a tremendous signing considering the play from the offensive line in the Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs would also use their 6th round pick No. 226 on offensive lineman Trey Smith from Tennessee.
Kyle Long Can Play Right Tackle?
Heading into Week 10 of the NFL season, the Chiefs are dealing with injuries at right tackle. Both Lucas Niang and Mike Remmers are dealing with injures. He demonstrated his versatility with his time in Chicago. Son of Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long, Kyle can play in many different positions on the o-line. According to pro-fooball-reference.com, he started all 16 games at right tackle. He would earn Pro Bowl honors at the position. With the Chiefs dealing with injuries on the offensive line he could slide in and help where needed.
In the end, the Kansas City Chiefs looked to address the offensive line as it was a glaring need heading into the 2020-2021 offseason. The Chiefs front office addressed the issue with the intent to protect starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes. We now could see this vision come to fruition if Kyle Long is deemed healthy and able to play.