Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Sends a Message to the Chiefs of the Kingdom.

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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Sends a Message to the Chiefs of the Kingdom.

The Kansas City Chiefs were highly busy during the trade deadline on Tuesday, November 2. They parted ways with a beloved veteran offensive lineman after trading for Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Melvin Ingram in return for a sixth-round draft pick.

According to the organization, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was transferred to the New York Jets in exchange for tight end Dan Brown.

The New York Jets have acquired offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in exchange for tight end Dan Brown. pic.twitter.com/95e6hjxyPl

November 2, 2021 — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs)

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While the move seemed confusing considering Duvernay-importance Tardif’s as a player and locker room personality, and the Chiefs’ depth at tight end, it essentially boiled down to money.

The #Chiefs freed up roughly $977k in cap space by trading Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to the #Jets for TE Daniel Brown, while keeping dead hits like:

$3.2 million in 2021
$2 million in 2022
https://t.co/NIDC1piOaS

November 2, 2021 — Spotrac (@spotrac)

The deal frees up roughly $1 million in cap space for Kansas City, as Spotrac points out in the following tweet. According to the NFLPA public salary cap report, the Chiefs had $1.6 million in cap room heading into deadline day. The defending AFC champions sent LDT away to create room for Ingram under the cap and give themselves some breathing room.

The Kingdom of the Chiefs is bid farewell by Duvernay-Tardif.

Following the announcement that Duvernay-Tardif had been dealt, the veteran linebacker rushed to Twitter to send an emotional message to Chiefs Kingdom, saying goodbye and thank you.

“Words are inadequate to express my gratitude to the Kansas City Chiefs organization. By drafting me in 2014, they fulfilled my dream. Thank you to Coach Reid for believing in me and supporting me throughout my career while I pursued my two loves of medical school and professional football. Winning the Super Bowl with this club in 2020 will go down in history as one of my proudest achievements.

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