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Cam Erving, Chiefs Agree to Reported 2-Year, $15.7M Contract Extension

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  Cameron Erving #75 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on November 19, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Offensive tackle Cam Erving agreed to a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Tuesday.

Yahoo Sports' Terez A. Paylor reported the deal is worth up to $15.7 million over two years depending on how much Erving plays for the Chiefs. Erving will receive $6.45 million guaranteed.

Kansas City acquired Erving, a first-round pick in 2015, from the Cleveland Browns in August 2017 in return for a 2018 fifth-round selection. He made 13 appearances in his first year with the Chiefs in 2017.

The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger noted Erving has the ability to line up anywhere along Kansas City's offensive front:

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The Chiefs will pay Cam Erving $10 million over the next three seasons, with incentives based on snaps that would push it higher. There’s value in versatility — Chiefs think he can play guard, center and tackle.

Erving discussed that skill in an interview with the Kansas City Star's Lynn Worthy:

"That's one of the things that makes me valuable, being able to be versatile. For a while, I took it as a curse. But it's been a blessing to just be able to learn all the ins and outs of every position over time. Now, being able to focus in on one thing a little bit more and go here or there if I'm needed, it's definitely been good to be versatile. It took a while to learn how to be versatile."

The Chiefs have every reason to expect more from Erving as well.

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Last year, he arrived a day before Kansas City's final preseason game, a 30-6 win over the Tennessee Titans. He missed a lot of time he otherwise could've used to become familiar with the team's scheme and his general role in the offense.

Now, Erving has had the benefit of an entire regular season, as well as a full preseason and training camp to further adjust to his surroundings.

In their unofficial depth chart, the Chiefs listed Erving as the backup to right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and left tackle Eric Fisher. Even if he's not a regular starter in Kansas City, the 26-year-old is likely to see the field often in 2018.

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