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4 Chiefs on the Chopping Block Next After Marquez Valdes-Scantling Release

After the Chiefs cut WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling on Wednesday morning, these four Kansas City players could be the next ones up on the chopping block.

Chiefs S Justin Reid could be the next player on the chopping block.
Chiefs S Justin Reid could be the next player on the chopping block. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Kadarius Toney, WR

When the Chiefs acquired WR Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants in 2022, there was a hope that he could turn his career around in KC. After all, the former Florida Gator once had a 189-yard performance as a rookie, leaving the fanbase salivating at the thought of what he could do with Patrick Mahomes.

But instead of living up to his potential, Toney has left Chiefs fans wanting more. The 25-year-old was essentially a non-factor for the majority of the 2023 campaign, hauling in only 27 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown across 13 games. He also yielded a 66.7 passer rating when targeted, meaning he essentially turned Mahomes into Bailey Zappe (68.8) whenever the former NFL MVP looked his way.

Injuries held Toney out of the Chiefs' final three regular-season games and the first three of the preseason before being a healthy scratch at the Super Bowl. The fact that Kansas City didn't see him as someone who could help win the second of back-to-back rings tells you everything you must know about his future.

Toney carries a $2.5 million cap hit heading into his fourth NFL campaign. Considering how the Chiefs picking up his fifth-year option is far from guaranteed, there's a decent chance the team could attempt to move on soon. Although waiving him won't save a dime, Kansas City can rid itself of his entire cap hit with a trade at any point.

With Mahomes needing more reliable receivers, it's time to say goodbye to Toney.