Jets boost OL depth, add Chiefs' Duvernay-Tardif

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  • Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer

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    • Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
    • Syracuse University graduate

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets bolstered their offensive line depth at the trade deadline, acquiring right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs received backup tight end and special-teamer Daniel Brown in the deal. Both players will be free agents after the season.

Duvernay-Tardif, 30, started for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV after the 2019 season, but hasn't played a game since the Super Bowl. He was active for the first time this season Monday night against the New York Giants, but saw no action.

Once he gets settled, Duvernay-Tardif could push starting right guard Greg Van Roten, who has struggled at times.

A medical doctor, Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out last season for COVID-19 reasons. He opted to work at a long-term care facility near his home in Montreal, Quebec.

He returned to the Chiefs this summer for training camp, but injured a hand and missed the preseason. By the time he was healthy, he had been replaced in the lineup by rookie Trey Smith. He was a healthy scratch for the first seven games.

"NYC here we come!" Tardif tweeted, along with a statement thanking the Chiefs organization and fans.

NYC here we come! #Jets pic.twitter.com/8ihqjrBit7

— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) November 2, 2021

The Jets have been hurt by injuries on the offensive line. In training camp, they lost backup guard Alex Lewis, who decided to retire.

Brown was a core special-teamer for the Jets, but he didn't play much on offense -- only 13 snaps and no receptions.

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