Kansas City brings back one of its key reserves along the offensive line for the 2023 campaign.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line has undergone a shuffle of sorts thus far in the offseason, with left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. departing for the Cincinnati Bengals and right tackle Andrew Wylie joining the Washington Commanders. Jawaan Taylor is in the fold as a starter but with depth being an ever-important component of ensuring that Patrick Mahomes is protected, the Chiefs are retaining one of their mainstays in the offensive line room.
Per a Friday morning report by Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star, Kansas City is re-signing interior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti to a one-year contract:
Allegretti, who is a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs, has played in 57 games for the club since entering the league as the team’s own seventh-round draft pick back in 2019. Twelve of those games have been starts, and the player who left Illinois as primarily a center prospect has since spent time at center and both guard spots for Kansas City over the course of his four-year career.
According to Pro Football Focus, Allegretti has logged 905 career snaps at left guard, 114 at right guard and 13 snaps at center. All 13 of those reps came this past season, with six of them being in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers and seven coming in the regular-season finale against the Las Vegas Raiders. PFF doesn’t grade Allegretti’s 2022 campaign favorably, although each season prior to that saw him post a composite offensive grade of at least 62.4. 2021 was his best season by their standards, as he had a 70.4 offensive grade with a terrific 89.0 grade as a pass blocker.
The Chiefs’ starters at each interior offensive line spot are firmly entrenched, with the trio of Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith being some of the better players at their respective positions. With that said, Allegretti’s versatility and experience are major benefits to have in the offensive line room. The Chiefs now don’t have to replace his production and value in free agency, and the one-year contract presents both sides with an opportunity to chase another championship together in 2023-24.