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What Kadarius Toney Trade Means For Chiefs, Giants

  • Justin Melo
  • October 27, 2022
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The New York Giants are trading wide receiver Kadarius Toney to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2023 third-round compensatory selection and a 2023 sixth-round pick, according to multiple reports. Toney has long been rumored to be on the trading block, and the Giants have finally moved on from their former first-round pick. Toney brings a potentially dynamic element to the Chiefs’ offense.

The No. 20 overall selection of ex-GM Dave Gettleman in the 2021 NFL Draft, Toney has been hampered by injuries and inconsistencies. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach isn’t bothered by Toney’s ability to pass a physical, hence the trade. Toney is expected to make his Chiefs debut against the Tennessee Titans in primetime on Sunday Night Football in Week 9.

The partnership between the Chiefs and Toney could prove to be a match made in heaven from a scheme perspective. Toney fits the Chiefs’ offensive structure. He’s tailor-made for Kansas City’s quick-triggered passing attack. Look for the Chiefs to get Toney involved via designed screens and manufactured touches. Toney’s ability to create for himself after the catch was one of his major selling points as a prospect at Florida. An on-schedule passing attack with built-in options remains a staple of Kansas City’s offense. The Chiefs used RPO components on 78 passing plays last season, which was third-most among all NFL offenses (data provided by SIS).

Andy Reid’s Chiefs entered the campaign with legitimate question marks at wide receiver following the stunning offseason departure of Tyreek Hill. Those concerns have proven fruitful. Rookie pass catcher Skyy Moore has struggled to acclimate to the pro ranks. Moore has just six receptions for 100 yards in seven showings.

Toney isn’t a midseason rental either, although he should boost the Chiefs’ offense immediately. Toney remains on an affordable cost-controlled rookie deal through the 2024 campaign. He’s set to earn base salaries of $1.9 million and $2.5 million in 2023 and 2024 respectively, per Spotrac. As a former first-round selection, the Chiefs will also possess an opportunity to trigger his fifth-year option, which would keep him signed through 2025. Toney’s contract is a crucial detail to this trade given that both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman are on expiring contracts and may land larger paydays elsewhere. Toney is a part of Kansas City’s future solution at the position.

Toney had lost clear influence in the Giants’ lineup. Toney has played a total of 35 snaps this season and has recorded just two receptions in 2022. Giants general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll didn’t view Toney as an ideal fit for the culture they’re building in East Rutherford. Their willingness to deal Toney despite their lack of depth at receiver speaks volumes regarding their opinion of him. Schoen inherited Toney from the previous regime and swiftly drafted a similar receiver in Wan’Dale Robinson.

Robinson has been productive in the Giants’ latest two victories, totaling nine receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. The Giants have been choosing to play Richie James and David Sills ahead of Toney. The situation finally reached its culmination on Thursday with Toney heading to Kansas City.

Veach and Reid decided to bolster their offense by acquiring Toney following a recent 24-20 defeat to the Super Bowl-contending Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs and Bills are on a collision course that’s inevitably racing toward the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs hope Toney can develop into the difference-maker he once appeared destined to become.

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Justin Melo