According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Kansas City Chiefs and guard Joe Thuney have agreed to terms on a five-year, $80 million deal. After the team released two starters from last year’s squad, which came up short in the Super Bowl, this is a major pick up.
Chiefs are giving former Pats’ OL Joe Thuney a five-year, $80 million deal, per source. https://t.co/C3avhTePBj— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2021
Reports surfaced just a few hours ago that the Jets were “worried” they would end up in a “bidding war” for Thuney. Turns out, their nightmares came true as the Chiefs ultimately ended up as the highest bidder.
And now that Patrick Mahomes’ restructured deal this off-season freed up an extra $17 million for the Chiefs to spend, finding an offensive lineman to protect him made sense. The last thing the NFL needs is for arguably the most talented quarterback the league has ever seen landing a tackle to keep him upright.
No word on Thuney’s guaranteed money yet, but we’re sure it’ll be absurd considering the bidding war that just went down. Five years and $80 million to protect the best player in the NFL? What a gig.