KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just 27 hours before the NFL trading deadline, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he didn't believe general manager Veach had discussions percolating for any last-minute deal, but even he knows to never say never if his GM finds a bargain.
“I haven't talked to him actually today about any of that,:” Reid said during this Monday press conference when asked about any trade discussions with the organization. “I don't know where he is today with it. Up to today we didn't have anything that he was leaning on there, but you never know with him. He doesn't miss much. He does a good job.”
The trade deadline passes at 3 p.m. central time on Tuesday. The Chiefs were involved in trade rumors involving Seattle safety Earl Thomas before an injury ended his season. Most analysts expect a more hectic deadline than usual this year with a number of rebuilding team looking to move veteran players for draft picks.
Sitting atop the AFC with a 7-1 record, the Chiefs would be buyers rather than sellers in this market.
But club chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said a significant trade opportunity requiring the Chiefs to part with a first-round pick wasn't on his radar.
“I'm not aware of any scenario where that would come into play, and that trade deadline is coming pretty fast now,” Hunt said.
The Chiefs didn't have a first-round pick in the 2018 draft after sending that selection to Buffalo as part of compensation for the No. 10 selection in the 2017 draft, which the club used on quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Hunt reiterated how much he values draft picks, as do both Reid and Veach, he said.
“It's not a light decision to ever trade away a pick, especially a first-round pick,” Hunt said. “Obviously in hindsight the decision to trade up and take Patrick, even though it did cost us a first-round pick, was a great decision.”