EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kadarius Toney will not be a part of the Giants' future.
The Giants announced Thursday they have traded Toney, their 2021 first-round draft choice, to the Kansas City Chiefs, pending Toney passing his physical with the Chiefs. In return, the Giants received Kansas City's compensatory third-round pick and the team's original sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. The third rounder is a compensatory choice the Chiefs received after the Chicago Bears hired Ryan Poles as their general manager. Poles had been the Chiefs' executive director of player personnel.
"We just thought it was for the best of the team and wish Kadarius well," coach Brian Daboll said.
The Giants selected Toney 21st overall in the 2021 draft after trading with the Bears to move back from No. 11. The Giants received the Bears' first-round (No. 20) and fifth-round (No. 164) choices in the 2021 draft, plus first and fourth-round choices in the 2022 draft (which became Nos. 7 and 112). In addition to Toney, the Giants used pick 164 to trade up in the third round to take cornerback Aaron Robinson last year and tackle Evan Neal and tight end Daniel Bellinger this year.
Robinson, Neal and Bellinger were all starters before they were injured this month.
In two seasons, Toney played in only 12 of 24 games with five starts. This year, he played in the first two games and caught two passes for zero yards and ran twice for 23 yards. But he aggravated a hamstring injury in his right leg before suffering one in his left leg and has missed the last five games.
His two-year totals included 41 catches for 420 yards, five rushing attempts for 29 yards and one completion on three passes for 19 yards. Toney did not score a touchdown in a Giants uniform.
Toney's best game was at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2021, when he produced a franchise rookie record 189 receiving yards on 10 catches at Dallas. That broke the former mark held by Odell Beckham Jr. (185 vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 2014). His 189 receiving yards were the sixth-most by a rookie since 2012 and tied for the second-most by an NFC player in 2021.
But he accounted for just 139 yards the rest of the season, when he played in only six games and caught 19 passes.
He was inactive from Nov. 28-Dec. 12 and Jan. 2-9 with quad and shoulder injuries and did not play vs. Dallas (12/19) when he was on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Toney's rookie totals included 39 catches for 420 yards in 10 games (four starts).
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