Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs
Joe Thuney ended up being arguably the most sought-after offensive lineman in free agency this year. He checks all the boxes that teams are looking for — age, talent, IQ, durability. Everything you could want in a lineman Joe Thuney embodies.
In a total of five seasons with the New England Patriots, Joe Thuney has not missed on start with the team — not one single start. Talk about durability, Thuney is going to go out and protect your quarterback every single week without fail.
With the offensive line having little depth at all, the Saints should have been looking for a lineman to replace add; however, Joe Thuney is not going to be that option because the Saints have no money, and he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Do not let the fact that Thuney was currently making $803,000 confuse you. The strong offensive lineman demanded a 5-year, $80 million contract from Kansas City. Unfortunately, that number was far too high for the Saints who have none.
With Cesar Ruiz not quite as dominant as they had hoped, it could’ve given him some more time to develop behind Thuney.