The New York Giants traded wide receiver Kadarius Toney to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in exchange for 2023 third- and sixth-round draft selections, according to Jordan Schultz.
The Giants selected Toney in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but he never found a consistent role with the team. The former University of Florida star has appeared in just two games this season while battling multiple hamstring injuries that have kept him out since Week 2. Toney has participated in less than 40% of the team’s offensive snaps when he has played this season.
Last season, Toney appeared in only 10 games for the Giants. However, he showed impressive ability when he got on the field. In a Week 5 matchup with the Cowboys as a rookie, Toney caught 10 passes for 189 yards receiving.
The Chiefs cleared $3.4 million in cap space early in the week when they restructured star tight end Travis Kelce’s contract. The move prompted The 33rd Team analyst Bill Polian to question the Chiefs’ motives.
“I don’t know that they have a specific move in mind, but I think they [cleared cap space] in order to position themselves to be ready if the right deal came along,” said Polian. And with hot names on the receiver market like Jerry Jeudy and Chase Claypool yet to move, it’s possible the Toney deal “came along” just as Polian predicted.
In any event, the deal seems to have brought a smile to the face of superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 27, 2022
“It’s not like Patrick Mahomes absolutely needed another weapon, but this is another tool in the toolbox for Kansas City,” said The 33rd Team analyst Rich Gannon.
Fellow analyst and NFL scouting guru Mike Giddings was also eyeing a move for the contending Chiefs heading into the week.
“To throw you out a quick stat, the last five Super Bowl winners have all made an in-season trade,” Giddings said.
The Chiefs are hoping this move makes it six straight.
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