New England Patriots

Tom Pelissero said on the NFL Network that Patriots guard Joe Thuney is expected to have several teams "lining up for him," including the Packers and Seahawks. However, Albert Breer of The MMQB reported that the Patriots and Thuney have reopened contract talks.

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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