Between the Patriots reacquiring Trent Brown last week and their history of discount shopping, it seemed like former All-Pro Guard, Joe Thuney's days in Foxboro were all but numbered. Even after the Patriots franchise tagged him last year, many thought they were doing that to trade him before ultimately retaining his services through the 2020 season.
During their wild, unexpected, yet expected spending spree to kick off the legal tampering period, there were whispers on Twitter that Thuney may actually return to New England, but It Is Not Meant To Be like the first track on Inner Speaker, as the two-time Super Bowl champion is heading to Kansas City to protect Patrick Mahomes on a five-year deal worth 80 million bucks.
Thuney made history in 2018 by becoming the first player in NFL history to start in three straight Super Bowls to begin in career. He's played at an elite level since that same season.
I loved Joe Thuney during his time in New England and believe if he wasn't playing for the Patriots, he would already have a couple of Pro Bowl nods under his belt. He's been super under-appreciated and hasn't missed a game in five seasons. The Chiefs are getting a fantastic offensive lineman.
Now that he'll be protecting Patrick Mahomes, I'm sure he'll be voted to at least three Pro Bowl rosters! Patrick is pumped after being pressured on over half his dropbacks in a humiliating 31-9 Super Bowl loss to Thuney's former teammate, Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As an unbiased football fan, what a career choice by Thuney. Bravo. He is getting absolutely PAID and heading to one of the best teams in all of football. I thought he'd sign a big deal with the Bengals or Jets, but he went from the team of the last 20 years to perhaps the team of the next 10. The dude's going from protecting Tom Brady to former MVP Cam Newton to Patrick Mahomes. That's objectively pretty cool.
Now, as a Patriots fan, if they weren't going to keep him long-term, I wish they just traded him last year. Now he's on the best team in the AFC. I don't know how the Chiefs are going to play it since they just lost both their tackles, but I feel like you could plug Joe in anywhere, and he'd produce. He did just fine at center while Dave Andrews was out, but the exterior is a different beast. They could be keeping him at guard for all I know, but it's something to think about! The Chiefs could have five new starters on the o-line next year. I'm sure that won't cause any problems at all! Goodbye, Joe. Thanks for dominating Aaron Donald in Super Bowl LIII.