It only makes logical sense for the LA Rams to try out former Kansas City Chiefs offensive center Austin Reiter, particularly after those same Chiefs signed Rams free-agent center Austin Blythe to a very team-friendly contract. In fact, the Chiefs’ drafted one of the offensive centers that were very intriguing to the LA Rams as well, Creed Humphrey.
The Chiefs did not feel that they could come to an agreement with Reiter’s contract demands, and so they approached the center position with both a veteran and a rookie option. The LA Rams have taken a different approach, namely rearranging the existing roster to absorb the loss.
But as we had pointed out before, the LA Rams lack real experience at the interior offensive line positions and have relied upon the generosity of Andrew Whitworth to help mentor younger offensive linemen. Adding Reiter will do two immediate positive impacts on the LA Rams offensive line. First, it adds a versatile, Super-Bowl caliber offensive center to the starting line. Secondly, and perhaps incredibly important, adding Reiter adds one of the best pass-blocking centers in the NFL to the Rams roster, just in time to protect one of the best passers in the NFL.
Reiter feels like a slam-dunk addition to the Rams offensive line.
Of course, the Rams are gonna do what the Rams are gonna do. But, in the grand scheme of strategic moves, signing offensive center Austin Reiter appears to be a much wiser move for the LA Rams to take to get to Super Bowl LVI as the NFC representative than adding a fast rookie wide receiver in the second-round who may or may not return punts for the Rams his year.