Chiefs Sign Joe Thuney: The Kansas City Chiefs have a generational talent at quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and are coming off of back-to-back Super Bowl appearances coming away with one Lombardi Trophy. In the most recent Super Bowl loss, one major issue was the awful performance of the Chiefs offensive line.
Granted, the Chiefs were starting two backup tackles, but with a quarterback like Mahomes and weapons like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce all you need to do is give them a little time and good things happen.
The Chief’s front office recognized this and struck home a massive deal with the former Patriots guard bringing him in on a five-year $80 million deal with $32.5 million fully guaranteed. Thuney brings an immediate boost to the offensive line and should become one of Patrick Mahomes’ best friends.
Following the agreement between Thuney and the Chiefs Mahomes took to Twitter to show his excitement tweeting out smiley face emojis. Thuney played the 2020 season under the franchise tag in New England and finally gets the big payday that he deserves.
I don’t blame Mahomes for being so excited as he was constantly under pressure in the Super Bowl. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has to be very jealous seeing fellow star quarterback receiving help on his offensive line as the Seahawks remain quiet.
Something that makes Thuney so special is his ability to stay on the field. In his five-year career in New, England Thuney started and played in all 80 games.
One of the biggest challenges for players in the NFL is to stay healthy and Thuney has shown the ability over and over to stay healthy. Injuries across the offensive line put the Chiefs in a very bad situation in the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers.
At 6’5” 308 lbs, Thuney also has great size as a guard and is rather mobile. They might be leaving New England and joining the Chiefs, but he has plenty of experience playing deep into January and in the playoffs. As a Patriot Thuney won two Super Bowls.
Thuney is a former third-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft out of North Carolina State. In college, Thuney showed the ability to play both guard and tackle and offers great position flexibility to the Chiefs.
In New England, Thuney was mainly a guard but he has shown the ability to play all over the offensive line including the center position where he played when Patriots center David Andrews was injured.
Chiefs Offensive Line
Before the start of free agency, the Chiefs let everyone around the league know that they were looking to completely reshape their offensive line. Before free agency began Kansas City released left tackle and former first overall draft pick Eric Fisher and longtime right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Schwartz played in only six games in 2020. Kansas City is not done yet and I expect them to look to the draft to continue the remodeling of their offensive line.
Another player to keep an eye on is former pro bowl center Rodney Hudson who was recently released by the Las Vegas Raiders. Hudson spent four years in Kansas City before joining the Raiders in free agency and knows the Chiefs well.
No matter what the Chiefs need to figure things out across the offensive line and the addition of Thuney is a great start. Mahomes is an unbelievable play-making quarterback so if you give him just a little bit of time good things can happen. Thuney brings a great presence in the locker room and has been a winner his entire career except for last season.