Laurent Duvernay-Tardif worked on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2020 season before returning to football.
He's now on his way to a new home. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Chiefs are selling the guard to the Jets in exchange for tight end Dan Brown.
Last year, Duvernay-Tardif skipped football in favour of using his medical degree in a long-term care facility outside of Montreal. When he returned, he was able to compete for a starting role, but in August, he broke his hand, which forced him to miss a month of work. Since then, he's sat behind a younger group of linemen, assisting youngster Trey Smith at right guard. Duvernay-Tardif remained inactive for all of the Chiefs' 2021 games until Monday night, when he was added to the active roster. This will be his final game in Kansas City.
Duvernay-Tardif, who was a member of the Chiefs' Super Bowl-winning team two years ago, joins a Jets club that features an experienced offensive line and one rookie (guard Alijah Vera-Tucker). With 57 career starts under his belt, Duvernay-Tardif will give depth to New York's defensive line.
"It's an opportunity to add a Super Bowl champion to the room," Jets general manager Joe Douglas said Tuesday. "LDT brings that championship pedigree. High-character person. Obviously, very smart guy. Can't wait to get him in here and see him compete."
Kansas City gets a tight end who hasn't seen a lot of offensive action. Brown has only played five offensive snaps in a game this season, with the majority of his time spent on special teams. He'll join a tight end group led by Travis Kelce and with few other contributors.