Kadarius Toney trade likely doesn’t take Chiefs out of OBJ sweepstakes

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The Chiefs have filled their need for a field-stretching speedster at the receiver position, by trading for Kadarius Toney. So will they still be trying to get free-agent receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.?

It’s an apples and oranges move, frankly. Toney is a longer-term play for the Chiefs. OBJ would be more of a short-term move. Once doesn’t exclude the other.

Consider the Toney contract. He’s got $784,431 in remaining base salary in 2022. For 2023, he’s due to make $1.907 million. And for 2024, he gets $2.53 million. The Chiefs then would have the fifth-year option for 2025.

To get Toney and his very affordable contract, the Chiefs gave up a third-round compensatory pick (basically a fourth-round selection) and a sixth-rounder that, given the number of compensatory picks in rounds three, four, and five, essentially is a seventh-round selection. And the Chiefs still have a first-round pick, a second-round pick, a third-round pick, two fourth-round picks, a fifth-round pick, a sixth-round pick, and a seventh-round pick in 2023.

Toney’s skill set matches Tyreek Hill‘s. While Hill is a very rare talent, Toney could be close enough to Hill to make it an incredible outcome for the Chiefs, especially given the financial investment and draft picks surrendered to get Toney.

And maybe the change of scenery will help Toney, who never really clicked in New York. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has a knack for getting through to players with challenging personalities. If Reid can get Toney pointed in the right direction and if he can become with the Chiefs what the Giants thought he would be, it’s a huge win for the Chiefs.

There’s a high ceiling for improvement for Toney. Last year, he had 39 catches in 10 games, for 420 yards and no touchdowns. This year, he has two catches for zero yards in two games.

With the Chiefs in their bye, they have time to get him ready for Week Nine, when the Chiefs host the Titans on Sunday Night Football.

33 responses to “Kadarius Toney trade likely doesn’t take Chiefs out of OBJ sweepstakes

  1. With what money? If they didn’t take on the bonus of Toney they still owe him the remainder of his 1.83 mil salary which takes them under 3 mil in cap space.If they had to assume some of the bonus money they are closer to 2 mil in cap space.

  2. Surely it does, OBJ just isn’t worth the drama. They added a legit WR and still have room to go get a starting caliber DE.

  3. OBJ coming off the ACL will be a shell of himself. Toney is always injured and a head case. If they make it work with these guys, I’ll be impressed. If 1 coach and 1 QB can make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t, it’s Andy Reid and Pat Mahomes.

  4. OBJ sweepstakes??? He’s out for another month and had a blown out knee. OBJ ’22 is not OBJ ’15

  5. “The Chiefs have filled their need for a field-stretching speedster at the receiver position.” Wait, I thought that was supposed to be MVS?

  6. As I am both a Giants and Chiefs fan(I know-fascinating), I both hate and like this trade. Seems unlikely that Toney not seeing the field was just an injury deal. IDK what that story is.

  7. Low cost option to add another weapon. He likely won’t be playing much anyway so that could get him to last the season.

  8. If I were the Chiefs, I’d also still be in the running for OBJ. Toney’s more similar to John Ross, the oft-injured speedster with limited production, than he is the next coming of Tyreek Hill.

  9. jacktatumroamingthemiddle says:
    October 27, 2022 at 1:45 pm
    With what money? If they didn’t take on the bonus of Toney they still owe him the remainder of his 1.83 mil salary which takes them under 3 mil in cap space.If they had to assume some of the bonus money they are closer to 2 mil in cap space. – – – – – I assume this is why Travis Kelce restructured his contract recently.

  10. With what money? If they didn’t take on the bonus of Toney they still owe him the remainder of his 1.83 mil salary which takes them under 3 mil in cap space.If they had to assume some of the bonus money they are closer to 2 mil in cap space.

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    they re-worked Kelce’s contract shifting bonuses or something to signing bonus freeing up almost 3M this year

  11. So we’re just gonna say that because a guy is fast the Chiefs can turn him into Tyreek Hill? John Ross is still out there, right?

  12. With Toney, Guess they needed a guy to ride the exercise bike now that Watkins isn’t there anymore!

  13. With what money? If they didn’t take on the bonus of Toney they still owe him the remainder of his 1.83 mil salary which takes them under 3 mil in cap space.If they had to assume some of the bonus money they are closer to 2 mil in cap space.

    They just freed up money with Kelces bonus restructuring.

  14. I am looking forward to seeing him play and am hoping he succeeds. It wouldn’t be the first time the Chiefs reclaimed a player another team has given up on.

  15. “Weird trade. Toney is a bootleg Mecole Hardman.” he’s bigger, and hardman is a FA this offseason. KC found having smaller guys was great until the league adapted.

  16. Addition by subtraction for the Giants, cuz Toney wasn’t Daboll’s Or Schoen’s guy, A lot of talent there if the Chiefs can get him to be team-oriented and focused.

  17. Congrats to Dabol and Schoen … they want team players.. Toney AKA Street Clothes.. has played in only 10 of 17 games as a rookie, compiling 39 receptions for 420 yards. He missed time twice with COVID-19, had hamstring, quad, oblique, ankle, and shoulder injuries during the season. What a JOKA ..

  18. Sweepstakes? He’s coming off an injury again and wants a new contract…I don’t see too many bidders

  19. they re-worked Kelce’s contract shifting bonuses or something to signing bonus freeing up almost 3M this year

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    That pushed them to 4.5 mil in space. Toney is owed the remainder of his 1.83 mil contract plus any bonus money the Chiefs took on. 4.5 -1.83 = 2.67 mil. It’s math. Kinda easy

  20. Surely the Chiefs know that it isn’t their offensive skill players that’s going to hold them back in the playoffs against the likes of the Bills, Ravens, Bengals, etc.

    Their defense and OL is what needs a decisive boost. They weren’t far off in their loss this season; an OBJ-sized investment in the defense would be the difference.

  21. This appears to be more of long-term investment with a high upside player on a rookie contract. We only have MVS and Moore signed for next year and the free agent class looks weak. Most likely will drive up JuJu and Hardman’s asking price.
    At worst – we have a dynamic punt returner this year. At best – a change of scenery will do him some good and he can help stretch the field on offense.
    I would forget OBJ and look at Jerry Hughes to add to the pass rush.

  22. This also is likely a case of having a guy for a few years for Pat to connect with, and to pair with MVS. Juju and Hardman are likely gone after this year. If Hardman has a couple more productive games, he’ll be too expensive for KC to re-sign. But if they can bring someone in, and be a future 2/3 WE, doubtful a 1, then at least there’s some consistently for Pat and the offense.

  23. OBJ is going to Buffalo. KC has no chance that’s why they signed this injury prone receiver.

  24. Toney Trade is for next year most likely. The Chiefs are rolling after blowing out 49’s last week. They will ease him in the rest of the season , let him heal up, learn the offense and maybe he helps them down the stretch maybe not but great play by Veach, best GM in the league

  25. I don’t have anything against Kadarius but I think most Giant fans will agree. I never really thought he was going to be here long term.

  26. All this OBJ talk drives me crazy, you all see how long it took Saquan to get back his full burst.

  27. Chiefs can afford to take a chance. I don’t think toney will magically become less injury prone. Also, daboll worked with McKenzie in buffalo, so if he couldn’t make it work with toney, it’s probably a toney issue.

  28. Keep in mind Hill wasn’t exactly a model citizen coming into the league, which is why the Chiefs were able to draft him at the spot they did. Andy seems to have a knack for knowing how to deal with problematic personalities, so I’ll give he and Veach the benefit of the doubt on this. Worst case scenario is they lose a pick that essentially a freebie anyway and one late round lottery ticket.

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