If the Kansas City Chiefs were interested, there are still some well-known free agent wide receivers available on the market.
Perhaps the one area most Chiefs Kingdom members are eager to see in action this upcoming season is the large receiving body. Following a complete rebuild, the Kansas City Chiefs are now looking at some unknowns in terms of personnel and how they will be used by head coach Andy Reid.
The reimagining of the position began with a shocking exchange that took everyone by surprise, maybe even the organization to some extent. As recently as the NFL Combine, the Chiefs were in the thick of negotiations with superstar receiver Tyreek Hill on a third long-term contract with the team. Then, as the market began to move drastically towards a higher ceiling than ever before, the Chiefs pivoted and dealt him five draft picks from the Miami Dolphins.
At that time, the whole body took on a new identity. Hill was the most dynamic weapon on offense and alone commanded nearly 160 targets last year. He was also the team’s single-season leader in receiving yards and was just one season away from being the wide receiver with the most yards in team history.
Even beyond the loss of Hill, the Chiefs also allowed Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle to walk free agency – for the Las Vegas Raiders and Chicago Bears, respectively. This meant that the roster was already expected to feature new faces, even before Hill’s hit trade.
To help restock the shelves, the Chiefs have been keeping busy with drafting Skyy Moore in the second round from Western Michigan and signing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency. These three, along with Mecole Hardman, form the new core that drives the team forward on paper, as well as the presence of the best tight end in the game in Travis Kelce.
All of that may sound like enough, and it may be, but it’s also true that none of these players have ever committed an offense. It’s also true that there are some very well-known names available in free agency even at this point in the offseason. Yes chefs want to shop, and that in itself is a matter, they might go for names like those.