Rumors around Colts’ RB Marlon Mack are connecting him to Kansas City. Why would Kansas City make this move?
Over the last few years, the NFL trade deadline has been increasingly more active. More and more players are getting moved in season. Rumors, of course, are a part of the trade season, and today ESPN Senior NFL Reporter Jeremy Fowler reported that the Chiefs had shown interest in Colts Running Back Marlon Mack.
Mack is just 25 years old and is in his sixth season with the Colts. He missed almost the entirety of the 2020 season due to an Achilles tear which paved the way for rookie Johnathan Taylor’s break-out season. Mack has been a productive back for the Colts, including a season with over 1100 total yards in 2019. Mack has a career yards per attempt of 4.4 yards and only has three career fumbles.
The Colts back signed a one-year deal with the Colts this off-season and is a part of a crowded backfield with the aforementioned Taylor and Nyheim Hines as a passing back. With the Colts sitting at 1-4, any value they recoup for Mack would be a “win” for them.
Why This Makes Sense For Kansas City?
Chiefs’ second-year running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, left the Bills game after sustaining an MCL injury. Brining in Mack would add instant depth to the Chiefs’ running back situation and provide Chiefs another dynamic back. The high probability that Clyde Edwards-Helaire could land on injured reserve leaves the Chiefs with just two running backs on their active roster: Darrel Williams and Jerrick McKinnon. However, Andy Reid has shown faith in Williams as a lead back in the past. Mack would provide something Kansas City has not had out of the backfield in a while, a home run threat.
Since the drafting of Edwards-Helarie in 2020, the Chiefs have struggled to find a proper “three-down back.’ CEH brings some aspects to the ground game but is one of PFF’s lowest graded pass blockers in the league. Likewise, it feels like Clyde has never become fully incorporated into the passing game.
On the other hand, Mack is excellent in pass blocking and has 57 receptions for 448 yards in his career. He is the more explosive athlete who would stay on the field for any down and distance. Combine this with one of (if not) the best interior offensive lines in football, and the Chiefs could have another threat.
More so than any other season, the Chiefs need to run the ball effectively and take advantage of passes in the flat. It’s okay to admit that Clyde may not be the best player to take full advantage of this. Even if KC acquires Mack, I’d still expect to see plenty of CEH when he returns from injury. Having both would give the Chiefs two backs who present two different running styles and threats.
Considering last season, the Chiefs flipped DeAndre Washington to the Dolphins for a sixth-round pick; the cost would be little to bring Mack to KC. He would be less than a million-dollar cap hit; combined with the Josh Gordon signing, Mahomes could be on pace for a historic season.