The new regime in place for the New York Giants has spent a large portion of the offseason offloading some of the players that Dave Gettleman, the previous general manager, had added to the team. There were a lot of misses during his time with the organization and Kadarius Toney very well may be the most recent one. Now, it appears the franchise is trying to trade him and the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs have interest.
Toney was selected with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants selected him after trading down from No. 12 with the Chicago Bears, who used that pick on Ohio State quarterback, Justin Fields.
Toney was someone that evaluators liked because of his game-breaking quickness and athleticism. He could make something out of nothing, providing a jolt to an offense that was lacking playmakers in that mold. Unfortunately, Toney was unable to help much.
Part of the reason for his struggles was certainly the team being unable to scheme up plays to get the ball into his hands. He also wasn’t healthy, playing in only 10 games and catching 39 passes for 420 yards and no zero touchdowns.
With a new coaching staff in place, you would think that someone in Toney’s position would go out of his way to make himself present and get to work. Alas, he has done just the opposite, as he is one of five players that have not taken part in voluntary offseason workouts. But, out of the five, his absence is the most glaring.
James Bradberry isn’t there as the team works on figuring out his future with the franchise. Mark Glowinski, the team’s biggest free-agent signing, was with his wife who is expected to give birth. Blake Martinez is rehabbing from last season’s injury and Graham Gano, their All-Pro kicker, wasn’t present.
Toney doesn’t have a reason, or at least hasn’t presented one, that would make for an excused absence as the other four players. He also is entering his second season after a rocky rookie campaign in which he entered with some red flags.
Joe Schoen could just be looking to cut his losses, as rumors popped up that the Giants would look to trade Toney this offseason. Three teams have emerged as showing interest in the Florida product; the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers.
All three are now without star players, as Calvin Ridley is suspended for at least the 2022 season for the Falcons, the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill and the Packers traded Davante Adams. They could use help at wide receiver and Toney wouldn’t cost much against the cap since he is on his rookie deal.
Moving on from a player entering their second season always raises some eyebrows, but with a new regime in place, they may just want to wash their hands of Kadarius Toney. He was a Gettleman selection and has done nothing to endear himself to the new faces in the building. Toney, who has yet to even receive his playbook because the Giants haven’t done any virtual meetings, is putting himself behind the eight-ball.