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Joe Thuney signs monster contract with Chiefs

Thuney is off to Kansas City.

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Joe Thuney will not be coming back to Ohio.

On the first day of NFL free agency, Thuney agreed to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s reportedly a five-year contract worth $80 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Arguably the best offensive lineman to hit the open market this year, Thuney finished this past season with a 74.2 Pro Football Focus grade. Not only have the Cincinnati Bengals struggled mightily at both guard spots, Thuney is also an Ohio native by way of Centerville, which isn’t even an hour drive to Cincinnati.

This is why Thuney-to-Cincinnati was bantered about every since the offseason began, but he opted instead to sign with what should remain a perennial Super Bowl contender in Kansas City.

Saying this, $80 million over five years is a lot of coin for a guard, even if he is one of the NFL’s best. Hopefully, the Bengals are able to find an upgrade at either guard spot that doesn’t break the bank like this deal would.

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