The Steelers had a logjam there last season. Now they are only assured of returning two of their top five receivers following the release/retirement of Hines Ward and the uncertain statuses of Cotchery and Mike Wallace.
Cotchery is an unrestricted free agent who already has visited the Kansas City Chiefs. Wallace is a restricted free agent that teams have until April 20 to sign.
Colbert expressed optimism that both will be with the Steelers — at least for the upcoming season.
Even as the dust settles on Peyton Manning’s arrival to the Denver Broncos as their new starting quarterback, the confusion still remains as to the entire process. Why did some teams make it in and others were spurned at the door? Why did the Denver Broncos end up on top? Some of it can be explained immediately, but it still doesn’t fully expound on the process that left the Kansas City Chiefs unexplainably out in the cold.
In the early part of the process, the Chiefs were often listed alongside other favorites like the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins. It turns out that none of those were contenders in the slightest. The Redskins decided to go all in on a rookie when they found out they were not considered. The Dolphins are going to roll with visions of USC’s Matt Barkley. None of the three were really in the running after all.
I believe the Chiefs should be higher on that list when you consider teams like the Titans, Cowboys, Chargers and Broncos are all ahead of Kansas City. The Broncos are the EIGHTH ranked team according to ESPN’s panel of NFL bloggers. In the words of ESPN’s Sunday morning NFL Countdown crew, “Come on man!”
Denver added one of the best quarterbacks in the game, I’ll give them that, but who is he going to throw to? Should we be impressed with their additions of Andre Caldwell or Joel Dressen? DeMariyus Thomas is a nice player, who could develop into something more, but Denver’s receiving corps shouldn’t put fear into nearly anyone (maybe the Steelers), and especially not a Chiefs secondary who was among the top 10 in the league last season in passing yards allowed.