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Clyde Edwards-Helaire's fifth-year option

The future of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the former first-round pick of the Chiefs, in Kansas City beyond next season remains uncertain. The Chiefs have yet to decide whether to exercise his fifth-year rookie option, according to General Manager Brett Veach.

While the team will go through the draft and attend to offseason business before making any decisions, time is running out as the deadline to exercise the option for players selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is May 2.

After a strong rookie season with 803 rushing yards, 297 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns, Edwards-Helaire's rushing yards have decreased each season due to injuries. He has missed multiple games each year and played in just 10 games in each of the last two seasons.

The emergence of Isiah Pacheco, a seventh-round draft pick who produced 830 yards rushing during the team's latest Super Bowl victory, and the availability of veteran Jerick McKinnon as a free agent further complicate the situation for Edwards-Helaire. Currently recovering from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the last seven games of the 2022 regular season, his future with the Chiefs is uncertain.


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