What a start to this Thursday. Per a report from ESPN and confirmed by several other places, the Kansas City Chiefs have traded for two-time Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs. The Chiefs are sending the New Orleans Saints a fifth round pick in the deal.
Considering the Chiefs are trading a fifth round pick for a guard with a recognizable name, folks were understandably excited. It's not just that -- this was arguably the biggest area of need for the Chiefs after their struggles on the offensive line and particularly at guard last year. The Chiefs are being aggressive in their quest to upgrade the line.
The Internet reacted to the trade as only the Internet can.
Grubbs will count for $6.6 million against #Chiefs cap— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) March 12, 2015
Gut feeling is the #Chiefs will have to rework his deal since I think that would put them over the cap— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) March 12, 2015
With the addition of Ben Grubbs and signing of Paul Fanaika, the #Chiefs appear committed to getting bigger and nastier on the interior.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 12, 2015
A 5th round pick for an offensive lineman fans have heard of is going to be a popular trade. Shocked #Chiefs are adding that much payroll.— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) March 12, 2015
Grubbs obviously makes #Chiefs better because he's upgrade over what they had and they have picks to spare. We'll see what he has left.— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) March 12, 2015
Grubbs trade not a shocker compared to some of #Saints other moves but part of a significant overhaul this offseason.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 12, 2015
If #Saints are going to be more run-oriented, Evans was rated 11th run-blocking guard in NFL in 2014 (+9.6), Ben Grubbs was 48th (-2.4)— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) March 12, 2015
Ben Grubbs is 31. Gotta wonder if a contract extension/re-structure is coming. $6 million cap hit in '15 is significant.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) March 12, 2015
Grubbs is absolutely better than any 5th round pick the Chiefs could have made. Love it, shows they want to compete this year.— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) March 12, 2015
Ben Grubbs. With a last name like that, I mean, how can you not like this move? #Grubbin— Andy Reid (@FauxAndyReid) March 12, 2015
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
Ben Grubbs made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2013 if you were wondering.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) March 12, 2015
Grubbs won't blow anybody away, but for a 5th rounder at least you know you're not starting Mike McGlynn again. #Chiefs— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) March 12, 2015
Rule no. 1 to pro sports: Acquire talent. The #Chiefs have done that this offseason. Maclin, Grubbs & Branch upgrade Chiefs' 3 biggest needs— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) March 12, 2015
Nothing can get rid of my good mood right now. The Chiefs interior was pretty awful last year, clearly the biggest weakness.— Mike (@vidae01) March 12, 2015
@ArrowheadPride last time we got a lineman from the saints, he turned out to be pretty darn good. Hope this plays out as well.— heng vang (@hengy3355) March 12, 2015
That last one? He's talking about a guy by the name of Willie Roaf.