We all know that the 49ers won the Trent Williams bidding war. So, how are the Chiefs moving on after missing out on Trent Williams? Let’s jump in and find out!
The Chiefs began working some salary-cap magic. Subsequently, that meant saying good-bye to staples on the offensive line, Eric Fisher, former No.1 overall pick, and Mitchell Schwartz. As well as RB Damien Williams, very sad to see them go, that is for certain. With those moves made and with a little help from their star players, namely, QB Patrick Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce, and DT Chris Jones, gave the Chiefs a bit of breathing room.
Meanwhile, when the Williams bidding war started, the Chiefs were able to secure the services of long-time Patriot offensive lineman Joe Thuney. As a result, the Chiefs got a beast in the trenches. In addition to an outright ironman, having played all 16 games in each of his five years in New England. Thuney’s five-year deal with the Chiefs is for 80 million dollars.
With Thuney signed, the Chiefs continued to bid on Williams. Finally, losing out to the San Francisco 49ers. Williams signed a record-breaking 6-year deal worth 138 million dollars. Making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.
With Williams off the table, the Chiefs sign former first-round pick Kyle Long. Long decided to come out of retirement, and Kansas City signed him to a one-year deal worth up to 5 million dollars. The former Chicago Bear spent most of his career at offensive guard but played right tackle for the entire 2015 season. So the Chiefs are getting a veteran player with multi-position experience on the offensive line.
Long is a three-time Pro-Bowler. Kansas City’s front office stated what stood out to them was how much Long loves the game and his drive to return to the field. General Manager Brett Veach said:
“He’s in great shape, a three-time Pro Bowler and a really smart player with an incredible football pedigree. We’re happy he chose to come here to Kansas City.”
Not saying Long is near Williams on the offensive line. But, with NFL Draft fast approaching, having a solid, veteran offensive lineman for a possible rookie to learn from is not a bad idea.
The Chiefs are making other moves; one is still on the offensive line, tendering O-Linemen Andrew Wylie to a possible new deal. However, it is yet unknown where he will play. Furthermore, the Chiefs are also tendering WR Byron Pringle, CB Charvarius Ward, and resigned LB Ben Niemann and TE Blake Bell, who was part of the 2019 Superbowl run. Likewise, resigning DE Taco Charlton to a one-year deal.
Since missing out on the Williams, the Chiefs’ front office has been working franticly since free agency opened up in the NFL. Firstly, Thuney was a tremendous signing for protecting the blindside of QB1 Patrick Mahomes. Secondly, Long will be very solid and versatile in that frontline. Wylie must’ve shown the Chiefs something as well since they are willing to tender him from becoming a free agent. There is no doubt there is a ton of work still to do, but it seems clear that GM Brett Veach is already working his magic.