February 20, 2024

Unable to send Kadarius Toney home with pay, the Chiefs might have done the next closest thing

In 2005, the Eagles (coached by Andy Reid) had sufficient of receiver Terrell Owens. After suspending him 4 video games with out pay for conduct detrimental to the staff, they despatched him home for the remainder of the season, with pay.

Several months later, the CBA was rewritten to forestall groups from putting gamers on paid suspensions.

Eighteen years later, it appears as if the Chiefs and Reid determined after the Week 15 win over the Patriots to put receiver Kadarius Toney on ice for the remainder of the yr.

In that recreation, Toney had one other drop, which turned an interception. The prior week, he lined up offside and worn out a landing he scored after catching a lateral from tight finish Travis Kelce. Toney was then unrepentant about his mistake, although a number of completely different digital camera angles confirmed that he lined up incorrectly and did nothing to alter earlier than the ball was snapped.

In all, Toney will have missed Weeks 16, 17, 18, and 4 postseason video games. The staff’s technique, if this was a low-key suspension, was to say he’s injured. Toney went alongside with the technique, if there was one, till the AFC Championship, when he publicly mentioned he’s not injured.

No one centered on the broader query — are the Chiefs utilizing an embellished, exaggerated, and/or fabricated damage as a manner to maintain him off the subject?

With Toney going public that he’s not injured two weeks in the past, the Chiefs coincidentally (or not) quickly eliminated him from the damage report. He nonetheless reportedly gained’t play at the moment, in Super Bowl LVIII.

The circumstances counsel that the technique, if this was a low-key suspension, was to subtly nudge him away from the staff for the remainder of the yr, after which to attempt to commerce him in the offseason. Toney’s camp, which may have fought the transfer, doubtless would have been inclined to go alongside so as to get alongside, hopeful that silence and the passage of time might lay the basis for Toney to get the second contemporary begin of his profession. Even if Toney would have been in the proper, the final thing he wants is to be concerned in one other controversy.

The Chiefs thought they’d gotten a steal in Toney, once they acquired the 2021 first-round choose from the Giants for a third-round compensatory choose and a sixth-round choose. They believed he may change into their new No. 1 receiver. In December 2023, Kelce declared that Toney is “one of our best players.”

He has by no means performed that manner for the Chiefs. Or for the Giants, the place there was a notion that he doesn’t actually care about soccer the manner he ought to, so as to get the most out of his expertise.

It was sufficient for the Giants to transfer on after a season and a half. Now, after one other season and a half, the Chiefs appear to be prepared to transfer on, too.

Will another person be sufficiently passionate about his expertise to give him a shot? We’ll discover out as quickly as the center of March.