The Andrew Wylie trade
Seattle Seahawks get: Offensive lineman Andrew Wylie
Kansas City Chiefs get: Fourth round pick (No. 129 overall)
On the surface, it sounds ridiculous that the Chiefs, of all teams, would trade away an offensive lineman this offseason, but the way the roster is coming together is bringing an abundance of riches at the guard position, specifically at right guard where Andrew Wylie served as the long-term starter last season.
Wylie took over the RG role last year because Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is returning after opting out for the 2020 season. Bringing him back creates a nice experienced tandem, but the Chiefs haven’t stopped there. They’ve also signed right guard Kyle Long, who can also play right tackle, of course, but then again, the Chiefs have Lucas Niang set to make his debut after also opting out last year after being selected in the third round.
As if that’s not enough, Mike Remmers could slide into either guard spot, and the left guard role also has the same sort of experienced tandem with new import Joe Thuney and last year’s starter Nick Allegretti at work there. Given the presence of Austin Blythe in the middle, and you have an abundance of versatile interior options for the Chiefs along with roster hopefuls like Darryl Williams, Martinas Rankin, Yasir Durant and more trying to make the active roster. Heck, if the Chiefs were in a pinch, there are still familiar faces like Kelechi Osemele and Stefen Wisniewski available on the open market to help inside.
As for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson has made it abundantly clear that he’s hoping for significant help up front. The Seahawks are weakest along the interior, despite the import of Gabe Jackson from the Las Vegas Raiders, and it makes sense to bring in a versatile starter or sixth man like Wylie to give the line more competition and overall options.
Wylie has been a valuable and under-appreciated performer for the Chiefs ever since he first took over for an injured Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in 2018. He started 11 games that season and was named the team’s Mack Lee Hill Award winner as the best rookie performer. In 2019, he switched sides and started 11 more games at left guard. This year, he was a steady presence again on the right side.
The Seahawks will want to give Damien Lewis every chance to grow after taking him in the third round last year at left guard. Gabe Jackson is also slotted in on the right side. But the roster isn’t loaded with obvious options here and Wylie is versatile enough to help in multiple spots. Given his experience, the need for competition, and the rigors of a full season, he’d be a welcome addition for a team like Seattle and the Chiefs have the depth to make something work.