Austin Reiter has finally found a new home; Chiefs release linebacker

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New Orleans is expected to sign the former Kansas City center, while the Chiefs part ways with Omari Cobb.

According to a Tuesday report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, former Kansas City Chiefs center Austin Reiter is about to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

#Saints are expected to sign free agent center Austin Reiter to the practice squad with expectation he’ll get activated to play for New Orleans in the next game, per source. Reiter started two years for Chiefs. @MySportsUpdate first on the pairing.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 14, 2021

Fowler says that Reiter will be signed to the team’s practice squad — but is expected to be activated for the Saints’ next game, which is on the road against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday afternoon.

Reiter, 29, is entering his sixth NFL season. A seventh-round pick for the Washington Football Team in 2015, he was on their practice squad for one season and part of another before the Cleveland Browns poached him. He played in one game for the Browns before being placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2016 season. He appeared in all 16 of Cleveland’s games the following year but was waived during 2018’s final cutdown day — when the Chiefs claimed him.

Reiter started four games for the Chiefs that season before becoming the starter for the Super Bowl LIV championship team in 2019. He stayed with the team through 2020 but declined an offer to stay with Kansas City this season, reportedly feeling he could get better offers elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs made a practice-squad move of their own on Tuesday, releasing Omari Cobb. The former Marshall linebacker was signed to the team as an undrafted free agent in 2020, spending that whole season on the Kansas City practice squad. He was elevated to play in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints, in which he played 10 defensive snaps. He was waived as part of the Chiefs’ final cutdown on August 31 and signed to the practice squad the following day.

According to Tuesday’s NFL transactions wire, the Chiefs have worked out two players: wide receiver Kelvin Harman and running back Brenden Knox.

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