Would the KC Chiefs consider trading Darwin Thompson?
"Thompson was an intriguing prospect out of Utah State who racked up nearly 1,400 combined rushing and receiving yards in 2018. However, he was a non-factor for the Chiefs last season, logging just 37 carries. With Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, DeAndre Washington and Elijah McGuire in camp, Thompson could be considered expendable—even with Williams gone.While Thompson likely wouldn’t bring much in a trade, a team with less running back depth should be willing to take a chance on the second-year pro."
Thompson wouldn’t be a huge loss for this team, but on the contrary, it’s unlikely another team would really be pushing to add him in a trade. The sixth round rookie had a lot of high expectations surrounding him heading into the 2019 season, but he didn’t make as much of an impact as fans were anticipating.
He had just 128 rushing yards off of 37 carries and found the end zone just once. He was the one who caught the lost fumble on special teams in the AFC Divisional Round that helped give the Chiefs momentum after they found themselves in a 24-0 hole early on.
I agree that Thompson is expendable for the Chiefs, but as far as being the most likely to be traded, I’m not sure about that. Demarcus Robinson could be a better answer there, as he’s shown he can provide a decent WR3/4 option for a team and is only signed to a one-year deal. The Chiefs would be fine without Robinson on their roster.
Running back might appear stacked as of now with Thompson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, and DeAndre Washington leading the way, but injuries happen so frequently at the position and I’d be wary of trading any of those players right now.
Also, Thompson wasn’t great as a rookie, but the run game as a whole was mostly ineffective, so it wasn’t just on him. If he wins the backup job in 2020, he should be able to make a decent name for himself as the RB2 in the Chiefs offense.
What do you think, Chiefs fans? Would Darwin Thompson be someone you could see the team trading away or do you think keeping him around is the likeliest scenario?