The Jets never let Mecole Hardman leave the gate. He’s now returning to Kansas City, where the skies are familiar.
According to a source, NFL Network’s James Palmer revealed on Wednesday that the Jets are trading Hardman to the Chiefs.
After starting his career in Kansas City, Hardman caught 151 receptions for 2,088 yards and 16 touchdowns in four seasons. He was a member of the 2019 and 2022 Super Bowl-winning teams, adding speed to the lineup with Tyreek Hill (until Hill left for Miami in 2022). In the aftermath of Kansas City’s Super Bowl LVII victory, the Chiefs made several off-season changes to their receiving group, including the choice not to re-sign Hardman, who subsequently traveled to the East Coast and signed with the Jets in March.
The same speed threat and catch-and-run ability that Hardman had previously offered the Chiefs were expected to be brought to the Jets. However, he lost value and was only able to register one reception for six yards in five games. As a result, the Jets traded him without giving it any thought.
With a pass-catching corps full of young players (and Travis Kelce), the Chiefs have struggled to find the explosive plays for which they are known. Hardman will return to Kansas City as a reliable and well-known option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has been playing excellent football for six weeks. We’ll see how soon he can get the support of his former team as well as his new one.