Dec. 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery (11) runs into the end zone to score the game winning touchdown to defeat the Detroit Lions 35-33 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs, Donnie Avery Agree To Deal


The Kansas City Chiefs have singed another free agent, acquiring former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery.

The report comes from ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

The Chiefs are clearly looking for offensive pieces that can fit into Andy Reid’s west coast offensive system. We told you earlier that Avery was on his way to KC for a visit and now he’s officially a Chief.

Here is a recap of some of the research we did on Avery earlier:

Avery is a small, speedy receiver. He’s 5’11, 186 and was a second-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He was released by the Rams in September of 2011. He signed with the Titans before landing with the Colts last March.

Avery fits the kind of small, speedy receiver the West Coast offense tends to favor. He is a guy you would want to catch the ball in stride so he can get yards after the catch.

Avery’s hands could be a problem and he probably isn’t a player the Chiefs want to rely upon.

We don’t have any contract details yet. We will bring those to you later.

For now, what is your initial reaction to KC bringing in Avery?

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  • Johnny Ubben

    I hear a lot of comparisons between McCluster and Avery. Could they both line up as starting WR’s, or will this be a competition for the starting job?

    Or maybe McCluster runs the ball a little more this year?

  • http://twitter.com/MoneyMontez Money Montez

    Just to put things into perspective…Donnie Avery had 60 receptions and 781 yards with 3 TD’s…Dwayne Bowe had 59 receptions and 801 yards….3 TD’s… key signing here. i like it

    • Johnny Ubben

      Awesome to see those stats next to each other, but I’m not sure I’d be alone in saying I’d take Andrew Luck over Cassel

      • Michael Shaw

        LOL!! Bust that trade out NOW!!!

    • Steve Blank

      avery had a much much much better qb….bowes stats with that qb would have been much better….but I really like the signing too

    • Danny W

      You think he’s our number two or three?

      • Happee_Bumpee

        @Danny W. He may end up #2, unless Chiefs find a gem in 4-5 round. I anticipate them picking an RB in 3rd. More will be revealed.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m sure it’ll be an open competition, but it’s hard to imagine anyone currently on the roster beating him to it.

    • Larry Devore

      it was Avery’s most productive season

      • Johnny Ubben

        Also Bowe played in 13 games and Avery played all 16

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    How can you not be pumped by what is going on in KC!!! With a great draft we may be back!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Needs to secure the rock. 14 drops last year.

    • Michael Shaw

      Man, he doesn’t drop the damn ball any less than D-Bowe!!!

      • toperspective

        ok, so your logic is that if one guy drops the ball a lot, it’s ok to get another guy who drops the ball a lot. Those 3rd down drops are a killer.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      According to PFF. The same site that also says he dropped the ball 12 times last year. Stats LLC says 7. CBS Sports says 7. PFF is the only site that I’ve seen that lists double-digit drops for him.

  • sidibeke

    Not sure. This is one where I’m not seeing a huge upgrade; not sure what Avery can bring that is different from Wylie and McCluster.

    • Michael Shaw

      Healthier maybe???

    • Stacy D. Smith

      1. Wylie hasn’t proven anything in the NFL.
      2. He’s faster than both of them.
      3. He’s proven he can produce at this level.

      • sidibeke

        Okay, but the same could be said about our soon to be new RT; sometimes you develop talent, right?

        • Stacy D. Smith

          And I’m not in anyway suggesting that Wylie and McCluster can’t be coached up and developed. I’m simply suggesting that Avery brings something to the table we haven’t seen from either of them yet.

          • sidibeke

            Yeah, I get that, and they are certainly valid points. I just don’t know where KC is on cap space, and I want to get the biggest bang for our buck (i.e., I’d rather see us pick up a CB or ILB than a WR that seems to fit a mold that we have on the roster). Some of my thought is coming from the atrocious PFF # Paddy threw out there, but I really don’t know this guy or how good of a #2 he can be.

          • Steve Blank

            I think its a great pickup….at a minimum it will create competition in camp…which in turn creates depth…provided the competitors are decent to begin with

      • berttheclock

        Wylie kept getting injured in college and he was injured last season, as well. Yes, he is fast, but, scouting reports on him coming out college spoke of his many drops and lack of concentration during games. However, I agree with you later post about the plusses Avery brings, especially his speed and his pro experience.

    • Steve Blank

      lets hope wylie can show his stuff this year without injury holding him back…we will two WRs on the field that can run sub 4.4 at the same time…I feel sorry for the safety trying to cover either one.

  • Killerdoctor27

    Well I’m not too big on this move just because he had a bunch of drops and now he is going to a team that struggled with drops all last year. The Chiefs need to address ILB soon and another CB would be nice because Dunta Robinson struggles in pass D.

  • Priest4Prez

    I’m Luke Warm on this one

    • Danny W

      This would describe me only I would say even cooler to tepid on the deal. I’m just hoping this guy is a number three and even then I’m not convinced he’s better than what Breaston was.

  • njjohn

    Alex Smith is a very accurate passer. That will help with the “drops”. The dude can catch and run. It’s another good addition to a team that will make a huge improvement in one year.

    • Steve Blank

      another super accurate passer at short range is Chase Daniel….Im liking this new front office very much

    • berttheclock

      I wonder how many of those drops were from missing a year with a knee injury? The Indy Star beat reporter claims he had 7 drops and not the 14 attributed to a service. Wayne h 9 drops, but, he was targeted far more.

      • Steve Blank

        yeah…and from what i gather, a drop is kind of a judgement call….you or I might easily have seen it very differently…you know..like if Im partial to QBs I would have the tendency, consciously or not, to blame the WR…and vice versa

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Excellent signing. Easily the best of the offseason (from outside of the organization). I left for lunch and came back to this. The second half of my day will be bearable now.

    • Danny W

      Wow best of the offseason? Do you care to elaborate when you get a chance?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        “From outside of the organization.” He’ll easily be the most productive Chief brought in so far. Remember, Alex Smith was acquired via trade (he wasn’t signed). Of Avery, Robinson, DeVito, and Fasano…He’ll be the most productive. Bank on it!

        • berttheclock

          DeVito is a beast against the run.

          • Joe Myers

            Dorsey is one of the best run stopers like four or five

  • http://twitter.com/johnwizzle12 john woodley

    Will be interesting to see how much we had to give for him,was hoping for greg jennings sence Ihear market is soft for him but at least we got some help at wr

    • Danny W

      That’s what I’m saying. How much for this guy and for how long? To me he’s Steve Breaston.

      • Steve Blank

        no way…he is way faster than breaston…not even in the same class

    • Larry Devore

      don’t see KC picking up Jennings, saw where Jennings wants 10 mil per.

  • toperspective

    Just hope he came cheap

    • berttheclock

      Indy only paid him a little over siix hundred grand, last season, on a one year deal.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Has anyone else heard that the Chiefs may consider trading Baldwin?
    That would be BAD.

    • berttheclock

      Which Pop Warner team in the Pittsburgh area wants him?

    • Steve Blank

      I havent heard that anywhere…where did you hear it, if you dont mind sharing

      • Stacy D. Smith

        It was second-hand information. A buddy told me it was being discussed on 610. Hopefully that was just speculation and not insider information.

        I suspect they were just trying to predict what will come of Baldwin.
        There’s no way we get good value for him. We have a #1 invested in that kid. It’s too soon to give up on him. He deserves one more season to prove himself.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Bowe, wylie, mccluster and avery with JC out of the backfield??? Get the ball to the speedsters in space!!

  • Billie Cabral

    Just seen the Donkeys signed Wes Welker. Ughhh. Donnie Avery or Wes Welker Hmmm. Pretty much a no brainer, WTF