Kansas City Chiefs fans are in for a pleasant surprise as Mecole Hardman, a familiar face, reclaims his position with the team following a lackluster stint with the New York Jets.
In a recent media interaction, Hardman candidly discussed his role with the Chiefs after a trade that sent him back to his former squad in exchange for late-round picks.
At first glance, this trade appears to benefit both teams. The Jets were quick to cut their losses with Hardman, while the Chiefs secured a much-needed receiver who possesses a deep familiarity with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the team’s offensive system.
It’s no secret that Hardman’s time with the Jets was less than stellar, with just one catch for three yards to his name while donning the New York uniform.
Hardman expressed his eagerness to contribute in any way possible to the team, whether it be on the offensive lineup or special teams, as stated during an interview with NBC Sports.
He said, “Hopefully, I could get into a role where I can help out the team any way I can. Whatever they need me at, whether that’s returns, whether that’s going out at receiver. Hell, if they need me to go on kickoff, let me know. I’m here to help the best way I can.”
The Georgia-alumnus also shared his initial reaction upon learning about the trade rumors circulating online. He said, “I saw [the trade rumor] online. They were [weighing] options, I guess. After that, I got with my agents, and they said, ‘Yeah, there’s some talk that they could possibly trade you.’
After that, we just started waiting for the inevitable. For real, just seeing what was going to happen. They kept it low-key about the teams who were very interested. I still don’t know who all was in that mix. Once I heard it was KC, I was happy to go back somewhere where I was used to — where I’ve been most of my career.”
As for his availability in the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers, it remains uncertain due to the last-minute nature of the trade.
However, given his deep familiarity with the Chiefs’ offensive scheme, fans might not have to wait long to witness Hardman’s return to the field. The Chiefs currently stand at 5-1, leading the AFC West, with the Las Vegas Raiders at 3-3 and the Chargers at 2-3.