Analyzing the financial impact of the KC Chiefs draft class

Trent McDuffie #22 of the Washington Huskies (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Trent McDuffie #22 of the Washington Huskies (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 03: Skyy Moore #WO19 of Western Michigan runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 03: Skyy Moore #WO19 of Western Michigan runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Round 2 – Skyy Moore, wide receiver

The dominant storyline for the Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason has to do with finances at the wide receiver position. Specifically, it’s about the Chiefs’ unwillingness to make Tyreek Hill the single highest-paid wide receiver in the game, which led to a trade with the Miami Dolphins for five draft assets—including a few of the picks mentioned here.

When the Chiefs cleared Hill off the books, they gained some needed cap space to spend and they reinvested a bit of that in free-agent wideouts, including nearly $30 million over 3 years (although only $8M of this is guaranteed). A few more million were committed to JuJu Smith-Schuster for the coming year. Together with Mecole Hardman in a contract year, the Chiefs are hoping that new faces in new places/situations can yield some exciting results.

Here’s the thing: no one knows how things are going to work out with the wideouts on this team just yet, and the potential is there for second-round pick Skyy Moore (Western Michigan) to seize some meaningful snaps in his first year. After all, Patrick Mahomes is going to have to build chemistry with nearly everyone starting from scratch and Hardman doesn’t have to linger in Hill’s shadow any longer.

For the next four years, Skyy Moore is going to average $1.6M per year through the 2025 season. Consider that Tyreek is going to make 14x that amount and you can begin to understand just how limiting Hill’s contract would have been for the Chiefs’ roster; On the flip side, if Moore can be a significant producer, he could free up the Chiefs to invest big in other areas.