When the Kansas City Chiefs traded two 2023 draft picks to the New York Giants in October of 2022 for wide receiver Kadarius Toney, they had to be taking into consideration his playmaking ability, versatility, and game-breaking speed. One aspect of Toney's abilities or personality that I hope they weren't looking forward to or banking on would be his subtlety.
While Toney's addition to the Chiefs was somewhat of a delayed satisfaction this past season. While he made some big plays in the regular season, he found himself sidelined with an ankle injury for several weeks before making his way back to the field for the playoffs. His biggest impact with the team in his short time with them in 2022 was no doubt two massive plays in Super Bowl LVII. But, he figures to be a big part of the Chiefs offensive plans heading into 2023.
But this is the off-season, and Toney and other members of the Chiefs are making the rounds with the media and on social media as they gear up for training camp next month in St. Joseph. One of the stops on the Toney social media train was on a YouTube channel called IceBox. The appearance was intended to showcase the Chiefs wideout shopping for new rings and customizing a new Joker-themed chain, but in the process, he ran into Chicago rapper Polo G and threw some not-so-subtle shade at his old team.
For Chiefs fans, there's not a lot of fire that stirs in the soul when you talk about a rivalry with the New York Giants. However, IceBox's YouTube channel has over 2.3 million followers, and I'd have to imagine some of those are freshly fired-up Giants fans who probably didn't appreciate the uni-digit salute that Toney provided in the clip above. Maybe we can manufacture a rivalry here? After all, the Giants did steal Mike Kafka from the Chiefs. I think it's a reach to think that the Giants could ever occupy the amount of mental real estate in Chiefs fans' heads that Toney is surely occupying in theirs at the moment.
Hopefully both parties can laugh this off as something that just didn't work out in the long run. The Giants were a dumpster fire when Toney was drafted to them in 2021. Joe Judge had run the franchise further into the ground, and the simple fact was that Toney just wasn't one of current head coach Brian Daboll's guys. Toney is in a much better position now with the Chiefs, and the Giants are coming off of their first playoff berth since 2016 with Daboll apparently heading them in the right direction.
While this may anger some Giants fans, it certainly brings a Joker-like grin to the faces of us here in Chiefs Kingdom who are growing more and more fond of Kadarius Toney as his tenure in Kansas City continues. It's also nice to see that Brett Veach is adding to the culture by placing guys around Patrick Mahomes who are just as petty as he is about people who have disrespected him in the past. This clip could come back around in a big way come February if the Giants take another step forward and meet the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII.