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Five free agent offensive line options for the Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have suffered multiple hits to the offensive line this season. Dating back to late July, the Chiefs have lost Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang, due to opt-outs. The team’s replacement for the loss of LDT, Kelechi Osemele, is likely done for the year after tearing tendons in both knees against the Las Vegas Raiders.

During Monday Night’s game in Buffalo, starting right tackle, Mitchell Schwartz, left early due to a back injury. With the multiple blows to the offensive line, the Chiefs could look to add depth by signing a free agent.

Here are five free agent lineman the Chiefs could look into signing.

Josh Kline

After signing a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings last offseason, Kline was released this offseason, due to salary cap restrictions. He is one of the top available linemen on the market. Kline, an offensive guard, graded out higher than LDT last season.

With the Chiefs losing multiple pieces on the offensive line, Kline would bring a boost to the inside to replace Osemele and adding depth to a depleted group.

Cordy Glenn

Glenn remains a free agent after spending the last two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. With the injury to Schwartz, the Chiefs could look to bring in additional depth to the offensive tackle position. Glenn is one of the best available offensive tackles available.

Justin Britt

The interior of the Chiefs offensive line is the weakest piece. Britt, who has mainly played at the center position, spent his entire six-year career in Seattle with the Seahawks. He is a versatile player with experience at all positions on the line. The Chiefs can add depth to all three positions by adding Britt.

Kyle Long

The former three-time Pro Bowler is still a free agent after struggling with injuries for the past four years, missing 34 games. When healthy, Long has been a very good lineman, evidence by the three Pro Bowl appearances in his first three seasons. The Chiefs took a gamble on Osemele, who has injury struggles. If they were to add a lineman, could they take a chance on Long?

Ronald Leary

After spending the last three seasons in Denver, Leary is on the free-agent market after having an $8 million option declined this past offseason. The eight-year veteran spent the first five years of his career with Dallas. He signed a four-year deal with the Broncos in 2017. 

Leary allowed one sack last season in 450 pass-blocking snaps in 2019. He is a terrific pass blocker. Bringing him in would help the interior of the line that lost Osemele.

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