The Kansas City Chiefs are rumored to have a deal in the works with former offensive lineman Jeff Allen, per Geoff Schwartz (via USA Today Sports’ Chiefs Wire).
Schwartz and Allen were teammates on the Chiefs in 2013. The former tweeted on Monday morning that “offensive line reinforcements” are coming for Kansas City.
Sources: Some offensive line reforcement for the @Chiefs. A reunion with @JeffAllen71 in the works.
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 19, 2019
Allen, 29, played five seasons for the AFC West team, including 10 games at left guard for the Chiefs in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound tackle/guard spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Houston Texans and was cut in the offseason the next year, but he found his way back to the Chiefs in October of 2018.
Allen was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by Kansas City out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The offensive lineman competed the first four years of his professional career with the Chiefs before signing as a free agent three years ago with the Texans.
Per ProFootballFocus, Allen was rated the best offensive guard on the team last season, with a 76.7 pass block grade.
The expected Allen signing comes in the wake of poor performances at the position for head coach Andy Reid’s team. Reid and the Chiefs have seen many tryouts at guard, including Cameron Erving and Dino Boyd. Erving is the 26-year-old former first-round pick of the team in 2015. He was far from perfect in the preseason loss last Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Boyd is a rookie tackle from the University of Cincinnati.