We thought the only two opt-outs the Chiefs would have were LDT and Damien Williams, but there seems to be one more at the deadline. Lucas Niang, rookie tackle from TCU, has decided to opt-out of the season. Niang, who came in with health issues to his hip, decided to take the year to get healthy, and keep his family safe. I wish him nothing but health.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) August 6, 2020
Niang was already a candidate for a redshirt season, because of the hip injury. He supposedly was going to try and work inside, but to me, this signals that Kansas City maybe didn’t want him there in the first place. They may just move forward with Niang at tackle in 2021. If he wasn’t going to play this year, this actually may help the Chiefs. If Niang opts out, his contract gets moved forward for a season, meaning his rookie deal may not start until next year. Now, if Niang is considered high-risk, then an accrued season does happen, so I’ll need to monitor that. If he doesn’t get deemed high-risk, the Chiefs could get four seasons of Niang starting at tackle on a rookie deal.
Let’s all wish Niang gets healthy, and stays safe.