Former Patriots All-Pro Joe Thuney signs with Kansas City
Joe Thuney has been regarded as one of the best offensive guards in the NFL. Now, he’ll be paid like it.
According to agent Mike McCartney, Thuney has agreed to a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. According to Sports Illustrated, the contract is worth $80 million and that makes Thuney the highest paid guard in the league.
Thuney came to the Patriots as a third-round pick in 2016. He started every game played in New England, winning two Super Bowls and earning Second-team All-Pro honors in 2019. Thuney was arguably the Patriots best offensive player last year, but the writing on the wall suggested the 28-year-old would be leaving New England.
Last year, the Patriots weren’t close to re-signing Thuney and ended up placing the franchise tag on him. After the team traded for Trent Brown last week, the move suggested the Pats would be moving either Isaiah Wynn or Michael Onwenu to guard when Thuney left. It now appears that’ll be the case. Although Thuney won’t be easy to replace, the Patriots have options with the two above mentioned players.
Onwenu is probably the favorite to move to left guard. The Patriots drafted him as a guard but started him more so at right tackle last season. In the event they want to keep him at right tackle, after trading Marcus Cannon, the Pats could move Wynn to guard, which is where he played in college.