The KC Chiefs have agreed to terms with Joe Thuney on a five-year deal worth $80 million. This is a big move and Kansas City needed to make it.
After getting bossed around in the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs went out and got one of the best interior offensive linemen available in free agency in Joe Thuney. To this point, Thuney has spent his entire five-year career with the Patriots, winning two Super Bowls with them.
This signing reminds me a lot of when the Chiefs signed Mitchell Schwartz to a lengthy contract back in 2016. Schwartz hadn’t missed a game since college at that point and Thuney is in the same boat, having started all 16 regular-season games since he entered the league in 2016.
This is an excellent move for the Chiefs and ensures that they’ll have a true experienced and durable veteran on their o-line. The problem in the Super Bowl last year was that so many of their starters along the line had gotten injured, but Thuney hasn’t had that problem in his half-decade career.
The KC Chiefs paid a pretty penny for Joe Thuney, but it’ll hopefully be worth it.
The Chiefs had to address the offensive line in free agency and they responded by getting one of the best names at the position. Thuney played left guard for four seasons in New England and his profile on Pro Football Reference said he played tackle last year. He’s only 28 years old (he turns 29 in November) and that’s why he’s worthy of such a rich contract.
Left guard has been a revolving door for the Chiefs in recent years and maybe this move will force Nick Allegretti to play center instead, especially since Austin Reiter isn’t likely to return to Kansas City this year.
Thuney is a great get for the Chiefs and hopefully he’s as durable and effective with the Chiefs as he was with the Patriots. He also knows the pressure of playing in a Super Bowl because he won two titles while there while appearing in three total, so he knows what to expect in the biggest game of the season.
This is an excellent start in free agency for the Kansas City Chiefs.