The Kansas City Chiefs have traded a fifth round pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for guard Ben Grubbs. This according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Chiefs have not confirmed this yet.
Chiefs traded this year's 5th-round pick to Saints for two-time Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2015
VERY interesting move for the Chiefs, who had plenty of guard troubles last season. Put simply, this move upgrades the Chiefs offensive line at a major position of need. I'll be very curious to see how things shake out with this offensive line, along with the reported addition of free agent Paul Fanaika. I love seeing the Chiefs being aggressive with the line. This was a major concern of ours heading into free agency.
Over The Cap has Grubbs with cap hits of $9.6 million and $10.3 million in the final two years of his five-year, $36 million deal signed in 2012. It appears that cap hit won't be as high with the trade as Jason at Over The Cap says Grubbs cap hit will be $6 million in Kansas City (the bonus money accelerates). I have to say that the money is a bit of a concern at first glance but at least it came at an area of need.
One of the Chiefs starters at guard last year was Jeff Allen, who was moved to right tackle to account for an injury and then lost for the season. Then there was Zach Fulton, the rookie who started 16 games. And then Mike McGlynn and Jeff Linkenbach, who are both free agents.
Pro Football Focus had Grubbs 35th among 78 guards last year. But that was way better than either of their two starters.— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) March 12, 2015
The Chiefs traded a fifth round pick BUT you should also remember that they're expecting compensatory picks as well. So the Chiefs could have another fifth round pick added when compensatory picks are added next month.