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Chiefs continue the offensive line overhaul with the signing of center Austin Blythe

The Kansas City Chiefs were back at it on Tuesday, making another signing. In contrast to Sunday, the Chiefs made another move on the offensive side of the ball by signing former Los Angeles Rams center, Austin Blythe, to a one-year deal. The deal is worth $990,000 base salary (guaranteed), with $760,000 bonus for playing time, and an additional team performance incentive.

Career

Blythe, a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by Indianapolis, has played in 71 regular-season games over five years. He started at right guard for the Rams from 2017-2019 but became the starting center last season.

Over his five-year career, Blythe has been penalized only six total times (three false starts and three holding penalties) and surrendered a mere 8.5 sacks. In six postseason games, he has not been penalized or allowed a sack.

Last season, Blythe had a PFF grade of 70.3, which ranked ninth amongst centers in the league.

Outlook on Chiefs Offensive Line

The Chiefs have worked to overhaul their offensive line after a horrendous performance in the Super Bowl. They started with releasing both starting tackles, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.

To start free agency, Kansas City signed OL Joe Thuney to a five-year deal and OG Kyle Long to a one-year deal. In addition, the team has Laurent-Duvernay Tardif and Lucas Niang are returning after opting out of the 2020-2021 season due to COVID-19.

The Chiefs also re-signed OL Mike Remmers and Andrew Wylie to one-year deals. As For Blythe, he will be in line to take over at center for Austin Reiter, who has been the starter for KC the past two seasons.

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