Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

With Patrick Mahomes hurt, might Chiefs explore…

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With Patrick Mahomes hurt, might Chiefs explore...


Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ star quarterback and the 2018 league MVP, suffered a dislocated kneecap on Thursday night and could be out for an extended period.

With the 5-2 Chiefs built to win now, they could be looking for a proven winner to fill in for the irreplaceable Mahomes.

Is this the situation where New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning lifts his no-trade clause and agrees to a trade? (That is, if Andy Reid and Kansas City are interested in acquiring him.)

Kansas City is going to go with journeyman Matt Moore to guide them in Mahomes’ absence which could be anywhere from four to six weeks — which is the best-case scenario — to season-ending.

The Giants have moved on from Manning. It is now Daniel Jones’ team. Eli just stands on the sidelines and acts as a mentor for Jones, but deep down the fire to play still burns. And where better to resume that career than for Reid and the front-running Chiefs?

But what could the Giants possibly get in return for Manning? The real answer is, who really cares as long as everyone is happy in the end? Giants fans wouldn’t. They would just see this as Eli getting rewarded. Many are already getting tired of seeing him wandering around the sideline anyway.

From Darryl Slater of NJ.com:

Manning’s 2019 salary is $11.5 million, and the Chiefs would have to pay the prorated amount of that, depending on when they traded for him. Since there are 10 weeks left in the regular season after this week, the Chiefs would owe Manning 58.8 percent of his salary (10/17th) — or $6.76 million.

And they’d have to give up something for him, obviously. Likely a mid-round draft pick. The Giants, meanwhile, might as well consider getting something for Manning, who is done with the organization after this season anyway.

Manning, for all his flaws, would be a clear upgrade from the Chiefs’ current No. 2 quarterback, Matt Moore.

As Slater also points out, the Chiefs and Giants have a lot in common. Reid and Giants head coach Pat Shurmur are close friends, and the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator is Steve Spagnuolo.

When it comes to leaving Jones without a mentor, don’t worry too much about that. Alex Tanney is back, and Jones is very fond of him. In fact, Jones speaks more highly of Tanney than he does of Manning.

If Manning is serious about continuing his playing career, the opportunities don’t come any better than this. It could be his Earl Morrall moment.

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