Niang is expected to rejoin the Chiefs for the 2021 season, Brandon Zenner of News-Press Now reports.
Niang opted out of his rookie campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic and had his senior season at TCU in 2019 cut short due to a hip injury that required surgery, so it's been a long time since the 2020 third-round pick has seen competitive action. The Chiefs are planning to emphasize improving the offensive line this offseason, but Niang could slot in as the top backup at tackle.
Niang is opting out of the 2020 season, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The rookie third-round pick had his senior season at TCU cut short by a hip injury that required surgery, which may have played a role in his decision to sit out 2020. The Chiefs have been impacted by opt outs more than most teams, also losing Super Bowl hero Damien Williams and standout RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. The team still has an impressive OT duo in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, but the interior line and general line depth could both prove problematic. Niang should have a shot at a starting job -- or at least the swing tackle role -- in 2021.