Chiefs sacrificed a top special teamer for offensive line depth

With right tackle Jeff Allen up in the air for this weekend, the Chiefs desperately needed to add some offensive line depth.

They did so at a price. The team released a top special teamer, linebacker Josh Martin, to make room for new offensive tackle Jah Reid, according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

Martin could still return. He suffered a concussion against the St. Louis Rams in the preseason finale that makes him IR-eligible should no team claim him.

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That's a bit of a long shot. According to Pro Football Focus, Martin wasn't just one of the Chiefs' best special-teams tacklers. He was one of the league's best.

They obviously think adding Reid was worth losing a three-year developmental player. Reid is 6-foot-7 and can play either tackle position in a pinch. That's exactly where the team finds itself before Week 1.

The big winner from this exchange might be 2014 first-rounder Dee Ford. With Martin gone, he'll face few competitors for the third outside linebacker spot on K.C's defense.

(h/t Kansas City Star)