Austin Reiter brings Super Bowl Champion knowledge in a trade with Kansas City Chiefs
Given that Rodney Hudson could retire at any moment, the Cardinals need to find a backup plan as fast as possible. The current plan is for recently “paid out of retirement” LG Justin Pugh to move to center and take over.
The problem is that Pugh has never played center in the NFL, and I’m not saying he can’t do it, but at this stage of his career, that’s a challenging task.
As a former collegiate offensive lineman who played all five spots on the offensive line, the hardest one to go back to and play was center: especially after leaving that position having played consecutive years.
This is why trading for Austin Reiter is so important. Finally, the Cardinals get a guy whose contract is not only cheap but also a handful of experience in blocking for a highly mobile quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.
Reiter’s starting days seem to be over as Creed Humphrey has a vice grip on the position. But that could change in an instant if Hudson retires.
Another thing to consider is that Reiter spent last season with the Saints, Dolphins, and even the Rams late in the year. So is there a reason why he can’t hold a starting job anymore?
The interior offensive line is where the Cardinals arguably need the most help, and Reiter fits the bill, regardless of his 2021 tour.