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Kadarius Toney Still a Priority for Chiefs; Updates on Rashee Rice

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It would be understandable if the Chiefs decided to part ways with Kadarius Toney after the events of 2023. Despite being healthier than in previous seasons, the inconsistent performance of the elusive wide receiver hurt the eventual champions during a challenging season for their passing game.

Patrick Mahomes had his first QBR finish outside the top five (eighth), and drops from Travis Kelce and the inconsistent wide receiver corps played a significant role in the overall inconsistencies of the Chiefs’ regular season. Toney was the main culprit, with his costly mistakes like the offside penalty and dropped pass that led to an interception against the Patriots in Week 16. The Chiefs managed to go 6-0 without Toney and Skyy Moore in the lineup; Toney was even left out of the Super Bowl LVIII as a healthy scratch.

Following Toney’s criticism of the team before the AFC championship game, where he accused the Chiefs of dishonesty regarding his injury status, the decision to keep him on the roster remains uncertain. Despite his struggles, the Chiefs still owe Toney $2.53MM in guaranteed salary for his contract year. While the addition of Marquise Brown may lead to another top draft pick being used on a receiver, Coach Andy Reid has not ruled out Toney’s future with the team.

Listen, I mean, Kadarius is arguably one of the most talented guys we have on the team. It’s just a matter of staying healthy and being able to stay on the field,” Reid expressed in a statement. “You always hear about the reliability, accountability, all those things that go into it. And so, I’m expecting him to come back ripping and ready to go.

Despite his injury history with the Giants and Chiefs, Toney managed to make an impact in crucial moments, like setting a Super Bowl record with a 65-yard punt return. Looking ahead to 2024, the Chiefs’ top three receivers could include Brown, Rice, and a rookie, leaving Toney and Moore’s roles uncertain. However, Rice is facing legal issues off the field.

Rice’s legal troubles have become a significant concern for the team, affecting the offseason program. The Chiefs have dealt with similar issues in the past, like with Tyreek Hill in 2019. The future of the receiver remains uncertain as the NFL and legal authorities handle the situation.

While uncertainties surround Brown and Rice, Toney’s status as a Chief seems to be secure for now, as Reid is willing to give him another chance.

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