The Kansas City Chiefs committed highway robbery on Monday afternoon.

According to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Chiefs traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Houston Texans for defensive back Lonnie Johnson.

Johnson is a former second-round draft selection (2019) out of Kentucky. He’s played in 44 games for the Texans over the last three years while making 19 starts. Johnson had three interceptions last season (he also gave up two touchdowns in coverage on 38 targets).

Now, this isn’t a deal where Kansas City is robbing Houston of a Pro-Bowl caliber player. Don’t get it twisted.

But it’s still robbery.

Getting a starting-caliber defensive back for a conditional seventh-round pick is basically like the Texans just giving the Chiefs a quality football player.

Oct 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox (81) reacts the ball in for a touchdown in front of Houston Texans safety Lonnie Johnson (1) during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts win 31-3. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

If this doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, consider how difficult it is for NFL teams to build quality depth. It’s not easy. When you see a team selecting a cornerback/safety in the fourth or fifth round of the draft, they’re hoping that player turns into a decent rotational type player.

Sure, every now and then a team will find a future Pro-Bowler in the later rounds of the draft. But it’s far more likely that a late-round draft pick will end up on the practice squad.

The Chiefs are getting a player who can start in their secondary, and provide depth, for a seventh-round pick. It’s a great value for KC.

This isn’t a headline-generating trade, but it’s a fantastic deal for the Chiefs. And it makes zero sense for the Texans.

I’ve criticized Chiefs general manager Brett Veach plenty this offseason, but he was on the right side of this trade.

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