Chiefs Trade For Kadarius Toney

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney
New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney
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NFL Week 8 - The New York Giants have sent former first-round wide receiver Kadarius Toney to the Kansas City Chiefs, as first reported by The Score's Jordan Schultz. According to Schultz, the Chiefs will trade a conditional third-round pick as well as a sixth-round pick over to New York.

Drafted 20th overall by the New York Giants in 2021, Toney had yet to find his footing with the team. Toney started just four of the 10 games he appeared in as a rookie, finishing with 39 receptions on 57 targets for 420 yards no touchdowns. Toney's -9.3% DVOA finished 72nd among all wide receivers and eighth among his fellow rookies. In 2022, Toney appeared in just his first two games, rushing twice and catching two passes on three targets for zero yards. Toney has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury.

Coming out of the draft, Toney was touted for his versatility as both a receiver and a runner, finishing his senior year at Florida with 984 receiving yards and ten touchdowns on 70 receptions and 161 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, According to Stathead, Kansas City currently has five rushing attempts by wide receivers this season, tied for 14th in the league.  However, in 2021, the Chiefs used Tyreek Hill as a runner, finishing 10th among wide receivers in rushing DVOA. Mecole Hardman also currently ranks third in rushing DYAR this season among wide receivers with at least two carries. 


9 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2022, 7:11am

#1 by mansteel // Oct 27, 2022 - 2:42pm

The Chiefs just bought themselves a lottery ticket. The guy has otherworldly athleticism, but pretty clearly has little desire to practice or even play football. Being injury-prone is one thing, but he missed 12 of 24 games, most of both training camps, and offseason OTAs due to (deep breath): 4 hamstring injuries, 2 bouts with COVID, and separate knee, quad, fingernail, ankle, oblique, and shoulder injuries (only of those is not true). In a year and a half. And a team forced to play several street-free-agent-level WRs just traded him away. 

So, Chiefs fans, don't let a transcendent game or two get your hopes up.

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#2 by Dan // Oct 27, 2022 - 3:44pm

a conditional third-round pick as well as a sixth-round pick

Did Schultz misspeak and mean "compensatory third-round pick"? Or what are the conditions?

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#3 by Pat // Oct 27, 2022 - 3:50pm

Yeah, it's a typo. They're trading the pick they got for losing Ryan Poles to the Bears (through the minority hiring program).

Partly why the Chiefs can do it - that pick's just a bonus.

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#4 by Travis // Oct 27, 2022 - 4:29pm

It's both compensatory and conditional - if for some reason the Chiefs don't get awarded that compensatory third-round pick, they'd trade their fourth-rounder to the Giants instead.

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#5 by halfjumpsuit // Oct 27, 2022 - 4:54pm

The Chiefs have already been awarded the pick, and it has been traded to the Giants. The conditional part was misreported, there are no conditions.

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#6 by halfjumpsuit // Oct 27, 2022 - 4:57pm

If you have Mahomes you can take risks other teams don't or can't. But when a new front office and coaching staff are willing to part with a second year player, that's probably another red flag on top of the other red flags he has. 

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#7 by Jackson87 // Oct 27, 2022 - 6:14pm

and then play Sunday night vs. the Titans. I hope Toney has a monster game, just to make Giants' fans angry and miserable.

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#9 by mansteel // Oct 28, 2022 - 7:11am

I think most Giant fans are resigned to the possibility that he'll likely have a few monster games in a Chiefs uniform, but it was clear that that was never going to happen in NY so most everyone is ok with the trade. The consensus is that--a few monster games or not--he's head's not screwed on straight enough to sustain long- or even medium-term success. We'll see.

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#8 by mrh // Oct 27, 2022 - 6:53pm

I doubt Toney plays Sunday, at most several snaps if he is active. To me this is a sign that the Chiefs will not re-sign Hardman.  Toney should be able to do what Hardman does for less money next year. 

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