By: Jack Johnson
After the tests came back and Clyde Edwards-Helaire was expected to miss multiple weeks with an MCL sprain, the Chiefs got busy looking for potential depth in the backfield. Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Kansas City has “looked into” Colts running back Marlon Mack.
Mack, 25, has only 85 yards on 20 carries this season, but is two years removed from rushing for over 1,000 yards in 14 games. Mack also came up 92 yards shy of 1,000 in 2018. The former fourth-round pick out of South Florida appeared in just one game last season before suffering a torn Achilles.
On the surface, this is a realistic fit. Mack isn’t starting in Indianapolis, so the asking price shouldn’t be too high. The Chiefs need depth in the running back room and understand that a consistent ground game takes pressure off Mahomes. Lastly, though Edwards-Helaire is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, there’s no guarantee that’s when he actually returns. For all we know, it could be upwards of 5-6 weeks — thus making a deal for Mack more plausible. In other words, for the right price, this would be a good move.
More notably, Mack has already asked for a trade. A little over a week ago, Mack opened up about moving on from Indianapolis.
“Just had an agreement with what’s best for me,” Mack told Mike Chappell of Fox 59. “They were just all with it. They supported me 100%. It’s a mutual agreement I would say.”
They’re rumors for now, but it’s possible talks heat up as the week progresses.