KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs made their second long-term investment in their offensive line of the season Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Austin Reiter on an extension. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Reiter arrived in Kansas City during the first week of the season off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Washington selected Reiter in the seventh round of the 2015 draft from South Florida. His current contract pays a base salary of $630,000 this season.
When starting center Mitch Morse returned last week from a concussion, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy praised Reiter for his performance over the previous four games filling in as a starter. Bieniemy said Reiter “did a hell of a job.”
“He had an opportunity to step in and play and show that he can perform at a high level when needed,” Bieniemy said. “That’s going to help us moving forward as we progress through the season because you never know when something may come up and he may have to step up and play.”
Reiter was scheduled to be a restricted free agent in the offseason, meaning the Chiefs would have to make a tender offer to retain his services. Any team could have signed Reiter to a deal with the Chiefs having an opportunity to match it.
The deal with Reiter follows an extension for left guard Cam Erving. Erving in September signed a two-year, $8.3 million deal through the 2020 season. The Chiefs already have left tackle Eric Fisher, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz under contract through at least the 2020 season.
Andrew Wylie, who continues starting at right guard for the injured Duvernay-Tardif, is under contract through the 2019 season, but can become and exclusive rights free agent in 2020.
Morse remains unsigned past the end of this season and can become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.