Brett Veach struck again.
The uber-aggressive general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs has made another high-profile midseason acquisition — as he has done before with Pro Bowlers Josh Gordon, Melvin Ingram and Terrell Suggs.
On Thursday, the Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney was acquired for a conditional third-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Toney isn’t a Pro Bowler — far from it — but the 2021 first-round pick (20th overall) has plenty of talent.
It’s a low-risk, high-ceiling move for the Chiefs. The third-round pick that the Chiefs traded to the New York Giants was something of a luxury because it was a compensatory pick for the Chicago Bears hiring their personnel manager and minority prospect Ryan Poles to become their general manager.
Plus, it won’t cost the bosses much. He is signed through 2024 and his salary and cap hits for the next three years are $784,000 in 2022, $1.907 million in 2023 and $2.531 million in 2024.
It’s remarkable that the Giants were so willing to part with an affordable option when the team is so devoid of wide receivers.
But despite Toney’s talent, he ended up in head coach Brian Daboll’s doghouse. He’s only played 35 offensive snaps all season and has just two catches for 23 yards. Toney missed time in the spring and summer with a knee injury, and there were questions about his work ethic and how well he knew the games.
He didn’t exactly like the previous regime either. Due to issues with Covid-19 and an oblique injury, Toney played in only 10 games as a rookie and recorded 39 catches for 420 yards and no touchdowns.
His best performance came in Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys. He had 10 catches for 189 receiving yards to surpass Odell Beckham Jr.’s record. in receiving in one game for a Giants rookie.
But he also showed why he frustrated the coaching staff after he was sent off for throwing a punch Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee during the loss.
If the 23-year-old Toney shows he’s matured and resembles the player he was in Florida, he could further improve a Chiefs offense that already ranks second in yards per game and first in points.
After being used more as a gadget player his first three years at Florida, he had a spectacular 2020, racking up 1,145 total yards and 11 touchdowns.
Toney, who ran the 40 in 4.39 seconds at the 2021 NFL Combine, has been compared to Percy Harvin, another volatile but versatile receiver at Florida.
During his busy tenure as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Harvin’s former college coach, Urban Meyer, even expressed his disappointment that Toney was selected ahead of the Jaguars selection. (The Jaguars ended up drafting Travis Etienne 25th overall.)
“You watch him play,” Meyer said. “It’s a reel for people.”
Toney also returned seven kickoffs for 155 yards and 11 punt returns for 139 yards during his senior year.
This second skill could help the Chiefs. The current punt returner, freshman Skyy Moore, went down for the second time this season on Sunday.
The acquisition of Toney could also be a move for the future.
JuJu Smith-Schuster is under a one-year contract for $3.76 million and the re-signing price is sure to increase as he has 34 catches for 494 yards in seven games. Used in a versatile role like Toney could be, Mecole Hardman had three combined touchdowns last week running and receiving and is also a free agent at the end of the season.