The Kansas City Chiefs have had somewhat of a crazy start to their free agency. They have already made headlines by cutting their two best linemen and have now added one of the best in Joe Thuney.
The former Patriots linemen signed a big deal with the Chiefs, right after Kansas City restructured several contracts to create the room. The ‘Run It Back’ tour did not end how they had hoped, but there is more work to be done. This move only further proves that point.
The Chiefs signed Thuney to a five-year deal worth $80 million, meaning his yearly salary would be around $16 million. Kansas City came to play this offseason, and the whole world knows it. Signing Joe Thuney is huge for this team, and here’s why.
Thuney Impact on Chiefs
Joe Thuney, formerly of the Patriots, is not exactly what the Chiefs needed, but it will help. After releasing two of their best tackles in Fisher and Schwartz, the Chiefs sign a guard.
Thuney can play tackle, as that was his position in college, but transitioned to the guard spot for New England. However, he is a guard who has made a living playing guard. This can put the Chiefs in a tough spot, especially when deciding who will play what position on the offensive line.
This free agency class was not jam-packed by any means. However, Joe Thuney was the second-best available linemen after all-pro tackle Trent Williams.
The five year veteran was maybe the 13th best player in this free agency class and the fourth-best linemen overall before the two above him were tagged by their franchises.
The 28-year-old linemen will surely help the Chiefs in some way. If Brett Veach did not think so, he wouldn’t have handed Thuney $80 million.
The Chiefs will need all the line help they can get this upcoming season. After playing more than half the season without Schwartz and the Super Bowl without Fisher, signing an iron man like Thuney was a big move. At this point in the dynasty, consistency and availability is key.
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