The expected payday for now-former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Thuney certainly lived up to the hype, with Thuney and the Kansas City Chiefs agreeing to a five-year contract worth $80 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Per Schefter, the deal comes with two fully guaranteed years, and $48 million “practically guaranteed.”
The deal makes Thuney the highest-paid guard in National Football League history, at least from an average annual value standpoint, at $20 million per year. Only the Cowboys’ Zack Martin signed a richer contract from a total dollars standpoint, at $84 million on a six-year contract extension with Dallas signed back in 2018.
Drafted by the Patriots with a third-round pick (No. 78 overall) in 2016, Thuney won two Super Bowls during his time with the Patriots, and was named a Second-Team All-Pro in 2019. Thuney has been one of the game’s elite for a long time now, too, with just three sacks allowed in 1,733 pass-blocking snaps since 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
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