Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Chiefs Agree to 5-Year Contract Extension

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Laurent Duvernay-Tardif #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be with the Kansas City Chiefs for the foreseeable future.

Chad Speck, Duvernay-Tardif's agent, shared a photo with the lineman after he signed his new deal:

On Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported the Chiefs were finalizing a five-year, $41.25 million extension with Duvernay-Tardif.

The Canadian Press (h/t the Montreal Gazette) also reported the deal and noted the extension ends Duvernay-Tardif's rookie deal, which had a year remaining.

Duvernay-Tardif attended McGill University, and the Canadian Press story noted he returned to continue studying medicine during the offseason. He expects to earn his degree in 2018, but he has some job security with the Chiefs following Monday's news.

While he didn't play as a rookie in 2014, the offensive lineman appeared in 16 games in 2015 and 14 last year.

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus ranked Duvernay-Tardif as Kansas City's top pass-blocker during the 2016 season with a grade of 83.9. He helped anchor Monson’s 14th-best unit on a team that finished 12-4 and won the AFC West.

While Kansas City lost a heartbreaking AFC Divisional Round game to the Pittsburgh Steelers by two points, re-signing Duvernay-Tardif offers continuity up front as it looks to make the playoffs for the third straight season in 2017.

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