Chiefs add Thuney with $80M deal, source says

The Kansas City Chiefs and free agent offensive lineman Joe Thuney have agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.

Thuney, the previous standout for the New England Patriots, gives the Chiefs’ O-line an immediate boost in the wake of the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February’s Super Bowl.

Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes posted his immediate approval after news of the deal came out Monday.

Keeping pressure away from Mahomes has been a problem spot in each of the Chiefs’ last two playoff losses.

Mahomes was pressured on 51.8% of his dropbacks in February’s Super Bowl, the third-highest mark in a start of his career. He was pressured on 47.2% of his dropbacks in the 2018 AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, the fourth-highest mark in a start of his career.

Last season in Mahomes starts, the Chiefs were 0-2 when he was pressured on over half of his dropbacks and 16-0 when he wasn’t.

A fixture at left guard, Thuney, 28, never missed a game or a start in his five seasons with the Patriots, becoming the first player in NFL history to open his career by starting in three straight Super Bowls.

Between injuries and line shuffling, the Chiefs had five players play at least 100 snaps at guard last season.

Thuney, a 2019 Associated Press second-team All-Pro, has registered 5,474 offensive snaps since he entered the league, second only to Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (5,492) over that same period. Thuney also filled in at center and right tackle in emergency situations, with his versatility one of his many assets.

He played the 2020 season under the franchise tag, earning a salary of $14.7 million.

Thuney, who fluently speaks Spanish, earned a master’s degree in business administration while playing for the Patriots, who selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft out of NC State.

Information from ESPN’s Mike Reiss was used in this report.

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