Kansas City is sending a compensatory third-round pick and a sixth-rounder to New York for Toney, who has again battled injuries this season. While Toney has shown promise when available, injuries have largely prevented him from playing as a professional. The Giants will get the third-round pick the Chiefs acquired for the Bears. Ryan Poles GM hire, according to SI.com’s Albert Breer (on Twitter). Both the third- and sixth-round picks going to the Giants will be 2023 picks, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero tweets.
Toney trade rumors surfaced briefly this offseason, but the Giants shut them down. At the time, Big Blue’s new regime was keen on seeing how Toney looked offended who also housed Saquon Barkley. While Barkley has returned to top form, Toney has fallen out of the starting blocks. Injuries to both hamstrings have plagued Toney this season — one with just 35 offensive snaps — and Joe Schoen–Brian Daboll a mode that has not edited him will cut bait.
Quadriceps and oblique injuries sidelined the Florida alum for seven combined games last season — one that included a Toney game at Arrowhead Stadium — and an ankle ailment forced him out of another game. Toney missed much of last year’s training camp with a hamstring injury and underwent kneeoscopy this offseason. The Chiefs are gambling here, but the 6-foot wideout has flashed high-level athleticism during his brief cameo as a healthy receiver.
Toney caught 39 passes for 420 yards last year, showing quick-fire run-after-catch ability. He made a big impact in the Giants’ upset win over the Saints — a six-catch, 89-yard performance — and stunned the Cowboys for 10 receptions and 189 yards the following week. Illustrating Toney’s booming career thus far, that game also included Toney throwing a punch at then-Cowboys safety. Damontae Kazee. Toney was also thrown out of a Giants practice for throwing a punch last year.
At Florida, Toney zoomed onto the first-round radar with a 70-catch, 984-yard, 10-touchdown season along with Kyle Pitts. Prior to that season, however, the 2021 Giants’ investment had not topped 300 yards in a college campaign. The Chiefs don’t have much of a sample size to go on here, but they’ve turned in giant first-rounders in the recent past. The Giants cut a 2019 Round 1 cornerback Deandre Baker, after an offseason arrest, and the Chiefs ended up adding him. The Chiefs are obviously aiming higher with Toney, as Baker didn’t make much of an impact during his time in Missouri.
Toney, 23, is signed through the 2024 season and can be kept on his rookie deal through 2025 with the fifth-year option, though we’re obviously a long way from Toney being option-worthy. The Giants will save $1.2MM against the cap by making this move, which comes after the Chiefs created some headroom by remodeling Travis Kelce‘s contract for the second time in 2022. Kansas City still has a third-rounder in next year’s draft, along with two quarters. In the long run, however, the Giants will avoid $5MM-plus in Toney salary payments.
Toney, who hasn’t played since Week 2, will have a little more time to acclimate Andy Reidthe offense of. The Chiefs are in their bye week. Kansas City traded Tyreek Hill that offseason, leading to an overhaul of its incoming corps. Free agency plugins JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling lead the Chiefs’ offense, and each is coming off 100-yard games in San Francisco. The chiefs are also named Mecole Hardmanwhich is in contract year, and drafted Skyy Moore in this year’s second round. Moore struggled early in his rookie campaign, and the Chiefs were bound to both Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks before the deadline. This Toney trade could pull KC out of the OBJ fortunes, as it profiles somewhere between a flier and a blockbuster due to the compensation involved.
The Giants, who hoped to draft DeVonta Smith replacing Toney in 2021, entered the offseason with a crowded receiver room. But that group didn’t play together much. Big disappointment in free agency Kenny Golladay is still out with an MCL sprain. Giants hope to trade ex-Lions Pro Bowler encountered expected contractually based obstacles. The team also lost its longest-tenured wideout, Sterling Shepardfor the season.
Go ahead, Big Blue has Darius Slayton and Wan’Dale Robinson in place as its main objectives. Slayton rising to such a perch is interesting, considering his recent place on the trade block after an offseason that saw his stock drop to the point where he took a pay cut. But this trade figures to make the contract-year wide receiver a more important piece while making wide receiver a major need for the Giants in 2023.