Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dexter McCluster Likely To Sign Elsewhere


Cross off Dexter McCluster from the potential re-sign list. Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star tweets the wide receiver/return man is likely to sign elsewhere on Tuesday.

McCluster was an All-Pro kick return for the Chiefs this season and developed into a dependable slot receiver for Alex Smith. While he has been injury prone his entire career and he never really showed the explosiveness we were hoping to see from him when he was drafted in 2010, McCluster was still a valuable piece that would have been nice to retain.

Losing McCluster means the Chiefs now have an extra hole in an already crippled wide receiver unit. Dwayne Bowe is at the top, but he is coming off an underperforming year in 2013. Donnie Avery has his issues with drops and disappearing from games, as well as his injury history. After that is A.J. Jenkins, who has done done nothing since being drafted in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. From there it is a bunch of guys to dream on, including Weston Dressler.

Wide receiver has always been a need for the Chiefs but that need just rose a spot or two on the list. It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs choose to attack this problem over the next two months.

Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Dexter McCluster Kansas City Chiefs Rumors

  • Ardent Shepherd

    Yes, WR is a need, but it’s not as dire as OL and secondary even with McCluster leaving. DMC had the same issues that Avery had except he didn’t really show up in any real way. Yes, we need to address WR, but with Charles coming out of the backfield, it’s not like we’re in absolute dire need of a slot receiver. I’m with Dorsey and Reid on this occasion — draft and build from inside out. I think this leaves the door open for Hester/Sproles to join the team at a discount as well.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, also, strike those first downs which kept drives alive by Dexter. He dropped one significant pass.

      • Ardent Shepherd

        Look, I was his biggest fan when he was coming out of Ole Miss and oped he’d be drafted by the Chiefs. He has largely disappointed. He had 511 yards on 52 catches. Avery had 596 yards on 40 receptions. It’s pretty sad when you touch the ball more than Donnie Avery and STILL can’t put up more yards. He’s asking for far too much money from a slot position when his return abilities can easily be replaced.

        Comparing him to one I mentioned above, Darren Sproles, who normally was in the backfield, had more receptions for more yards AND a higher average catch. He amassed over 880 all purpose yards. He can return punts and kicks as well. Oh right, he can come at half the price.

        I used to be enamored with his skillset, but his production has proved his usefulness otherwise. There is NO excuse to overpay for a return man especially when there are similar options available in FA and add onto that, this year is one of the deepest for WRs in recent memory.

        • Chuck Burrell

          Well said

        • Stacy D. Smith

          He’s also significantly older.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            I’m confused, is return man (which is mainly all he was useful for) need to be locked up for 5+ years? And on that note, he’s significantly older and putting up better numbers? I don’t know if that’s more praise for Sproles, or you insulting DMC.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He caught 50+ balls for over 500 receiving yards. He made a significant contribution offensively. Sproles only had more receiving yardage because he was thrown the ball more often. McCluster had the better yard per catch average. They both had 2 TD’s on the year and Sproles had 18 more receptions. McCluster is still improving and still has room left to grow. Sproles isn’t going to get any better at this point. He also isn’t the returnman he once was.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            You’re leaving out the significant detail that McCluster is going to cost exponentially more. His numbers are easily replaceable at his CURRENT output. We can’t get caught up in what could be.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He’s probably going to cost more money, but I find it hard to believe he’s going to command heavy coin on the open market. He’s a WR3 at best and brings additional value on teams. Sproles will come cheaper because he’s significantly older. That was my original point.

            In fairness though, there’s a negligible difference in productivity, but a signficant difference in the contracts they’ll command. Can’t argue that point.

            I just don’t like the idea of getting older expressly for the purpose of saving a few million dollars. This team is poised to win now, but we also have a future to consider.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            We also have the salary cap to consider. Us locking up a non-essential piece will only further hurt us in the cap in coming years.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He wasn’t going to take up that much cap space. Neither is our cap situation as dire as it’s been made out to be this offseason.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            And the fact that Sproles was making his catches out of the backfield while McCluster was always lined up in the slot. McCluster is a good player, but he is not a great one.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’m not arguing that he’s a “great” player, but I’m not sure he needed to be in his role. Sproles isn’t a great player either though.

        • berttheclock

          When, he first arrived in KC, he was misused as the Chiefs only Bowe and no TE to keep safeties away from coming up, such as Weddle, on him when they saw him in the slot. Plus, he missed a great deal of practice and needed playing time when he suffered a High Ankle Sprain. Weis couldn’t fit him in with what he wanted. The next season, Muir wandered around lost as the OC and couldn’t devise screen passes worth a damn. In fact, on one of those poorly designed screens, Weddle read the play and jumped the pass for an INT. It was only this year when the Chiefs finally, started using him properly and even then, there were other problems affecting the offense, such as a terrible offensive line which caused Smith to have to scramble. I still recall Dexter moving the chains on many drives.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            When in doubt, blame the system…

          • berttheclock

            Which system? Weis, Muir or Pederson?

          • Ardent Shepherd

            So him being over 40 receptions the past three years and still not having a real impact in the offense is what, a mirage? I’m not saying he’s a bad player. I’m saying he’s easily replaceable.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            How about consistently having 45+ catches per season despite multiple quarterbacks and offensive systems? That doesn’t count for anything?

          • Michael Shaw

            Stacy, I am not sure but can you find how many Receiving TD’s he had overall? I think he had more TD’s as a return man than he did as WR.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He had 5 career receiving touchdowns and only 3 career return touchdowns.

          • KCMikeG

            Nobody knows what he is asking for – assumptions abound. So say it’s $4M. Sproles got $2.9M in 2013 & is due $3.4M. So we can get Sproles for $2M? His return yards have declined dramatically over the last two years w/o an offsetting gain in passing or running yards which have also slipped. He hasn’t returned a kick for a TD in three years. He had an even worse YPC than Dex as a WR with 604 yards on 71 REC. He does contribute 200+ rushing yards which Dex has only done once.

            NFL.com says: “But you need to know exactly what you’re getting. Do not expect the Sproles from 2011, when he set an NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards for the Saints and was one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. That is not who he was last season. In 2013, Sproles had 1,273 all-purpose yards. He also will not necessarily solve the issues at returner. In five of the past six years he’s averaged 8.0 yards or less on punt returns. Last season he averaged 21.3 yards on 12 kick returns (though he has a 25.3 career average and was at 26.8 in 2012). He’s a limited role guy, so you can’t pay a lot for him.”

          • Ardent Shepherd

            When in doubt, blame the system…

          • KCMikeG

            This is just a rumor anyway.

  • berttheclock

    “has done nothing…” Alert, strike that 48 yard reception.

    Personally, I am sad to see “The Pinball Wizard” depart the Chiefs. He was such a Class Act for the Chiefs and is really a quality human being.

    • Michael Shaw

      Agreed!!

  • Larry Devore

    okay, now he’ll show his explosiveness

  • Tristian

    Boy alot of ppl leaving on offense in a short amount of time. The concern meter for me gets higher every day and its now at an 8. We now have potentially 3 offensive line holes and now 1or 2 wide receiver spots to fill. Yes we have charles but andy reid knows he carried the load to much in ’13. We cant afford to try to do that to him again and hope he stays healthy. Will the chiefs try to free up cap space to get a few free agents or just straight up build through the draft? I think that would be a mistake if you are trying to win this year. ButbReid and Dorsey know what they are doing so we will all finf out soon enough

    • Chris Tarrants

      I hope like hell that they are not willing to scrap this season in favor of building through that draft and clearing cap space! We have too many guys quality guys leaving and nobody coming in so far?!?!

    • Michael Shaw

      We HOPE they know what they are doing. I am not going to blindly follow like I did in the “In Pioli we trust” era.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    This does not make me happy. We’re losing a legitimate slot guy and an excellent return man. Hello to either Jason Avant or Devin Hester. Hopefully they’ll still draft a wide receiver fairly early.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Wonder if that “receiver” ends up being Darren Sproles.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I forgot about Sproles. The Eagles were hot on his trail last time he was available. Good catch, Ben.

    • Tristian

      Stacy im wondering by letting so many people go maybe the chiefs reasoning is that none of those players they let go are elite. You could seriously question if they are anything better than above average. So building through the Draft means at least based on what we saw from all those players in 2013 that we aren’t losing much by letting them go. Honesly mccluster wasnt a good slot reciever. Albert at times was an above average left tackle and the list goes on and on. Yeah nostalgia is there for sime guys but they are trying to win games. In my opinion though chiefs cant afford to miss and stay in contention in this draft. Your thoughts Stacy?

      • berttheclock

        Hey, Triistian, your thoughts on something else. One reason I wanted Dorsey was due to his training in GB. Similar to John Schneider. Now, I know Baalke trained elsewhere, but, my point is all three have been good at finding gems from UDFAs. In Seattle, Schneider found Baldwin at Stanford. Baalke has found both Wilhoite from Washburn and Tremaine Brock. the nickel back out of Minnesota and Bellhaven. He was the guy who kept bouncing back and forth between the practice squad and the roster. Remember his tip of the pass against Atlanta which ended up with Bowman running it back 89 yards? He is going to step even more as the older and more expensive cornerback is being cut. So, I await the UDFAs Dorsey will find to enrich the Chiefs.

        • Tristian

          My thoughts are the chiefs must know something we dont about Weston Dessler to give him a 3 year deal. He is a udfa technically despite his age. He must really be a steal. Lets look at all the scenarios for the chiefs outside of free agency. The draft-lets say they get stuck at 23 and cant trade down. Well then there is the second free agency period they can strike or how about the 90 man roster right b4 training camp where they can look to find those steals or diamonds. And then of course theres preseason so many opportunities to strike gold for dorsey. But as currently constructed I havr to admit im a but worried but I still trust dorsey/reid

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Dressler only got a two year deal (no signing bonus). I seriously doubt that kid even makes the practice squad. He wasn’t in the CFL for 6 years for no reason. Most of the players good enough to make the jump do so after 1 or 2 years in the CFL.

          • Canad-Ian

            The talent level in the CFL is a joke due to their rules of having a certain % of Canadian players on each roster. The adjustment will be huge for Dressler

          • Tyler_KC_Fan

            I think Dressler will do just fine with the team. If we sign a FA WR and draft a WR in the first or 3rd round then we probably will see Dressler as a #4 or return man (similar to McCluster) in his first year.

            I bet Dressler will surprise us because he has great hands, solid speed, and can get seperation. I honestly don’t think spending 6 years in the CFL devalues him, and if anything he could be a diamond in the rough. Taking someone from the CFL is like picking up and undrafted free agent. They both can easily succeed in the NFL and I think Dressler will do just that.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        You can’t have elite players at every position. McCluster’s a solid contributor. Are 500 receiving yards impossible to replace? No, but he gave you a decent slot guy who was also an explosive returnman. Those dual talents only cost the team one roster spot. If they have their eye on Sproles, I won’t cry in my beer though. He’ll give you comparable production and be as versatile as McCluster was.

  • ArrowFan

    Why can’t we be one of the five? In fact I would be disappointed if we are not. That means that he isn’t necessarily gone yet. I guess we will find out tomorrow.

  • ArrowFan

    He is a tough guy for his size he impressed me in 2012 when he played injured during a completely lost year.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I know that this is all speculation and talking head jive, but all we hear about is how many people are trying to wine and dine DMC, Albert, Asomoah,Schwartz,Jordan and on and on but what we don’t hear anything about is who the Chiefs are looking at? We can’t lose this many guys and not replace them. It’s kind of concerning to put it lightly. There are only 6 guys coming from the draft for us. So who are we looking to bring in? I’m not talking about the day dreaming stuff that keeps getting posted in here about could this person or that person fit in but rather I want to know who the chiefs are seriously concidering or even in talks with!

    • berttheclock

      It is very difficult, as Ben well knows, to ferret out rumors. Two examples of recent rumors. Carlson being cut by the Vikes and the rumor mill had him headed to the Packers, no, make that the Jets, No, wait a minute, another rumor. However, what was not rumored was his suddenly signing with the Cardinals.

      Michael Bennett was rumored to be released by Seattle and rumors had the Chiefs interested in him, as well as other teams. Then, the hot rumor had him signing with Chicago. Suddenly, he signed a four year deal with the Seahawks.

      • Chris Tarrants

        Yeah I don’t believe half of this rumor mill crap but what I do believe is that we have a bunch of quality guys who are no longer under contract and we didn’t manage to resign a single one of them or even use the tag for that matter. We can’t lose that many good players and still keep up with the chargers and Donkeys unless they have a serious ace up their sleeves! That could very well happen because let’s face it Dorsey is an unknown but Reid, well Reid can fit plenty of aces up one of his big ‘ol sleeves

        • berttheclock

          Yeah, he did such a “MaHvelous” job assembling the “Dream Team” did he not?

          • Chris Tarrants

            Awesome job he did! Lmao but he tried and that’s what I want to see is some body trying to improve this team. Not sit idle and watch the half of this team depart and bring in a handful of Canadian players or draftees but actual NFL vets

          • Jason Seibel

            I was just talking about the Dream Team earlier when somebody said we should cut Smith and sign Vick. LOL!

          • Michael Shaw

            The dream team didn’t work because of too many injuries and the death of their DC. Had their DC not died, I don’t think the dream team joke would be as funny with a SB ring on Reid’s finger and we wouldn’t have him as a coach as a result. When his DC died he tried to fill the hole with an offensive coach and it was a disaster.

  • sidibeke

    I’m starting to get worried about what KC will have left in the cupboard.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Exactly! Charles can only do so much heavy lifting. We are gonna run that punt sized RB into the ground if we can’t find other offensive options

    • berttheclock

      Dorsey is rumored to have just hired Old Mother Hubbard to take care of that problem.

      • sidibeke

        Maybe should could take over the DC spot.

      • Michael Shaw

        That’s funny right there I don’t care who you are!!

  • Calvin Jones

    He’s likely to go to New England and be Brady’s Wes Welker.

  • Zachary Barry

    I am mixed on this one. I like him but also feel he wasn’t as productive as he was hyped up to be.

  • Priest4Prez

    I’m starting to have that yearly Chiefs fan cold sweat syndrome…

  • Stan Colbert

    Well pissshaw! I liked DMC! I don’t think he was elite. but he was about the best we had! If I don’t hear about a guard signing and I mean soon I am going to be depressed! It is getting to the point we need three or four players with that #23 pick.

  • GDL40

    DAMN IT! ….. since he was drafted, I knew (just like most of us) that he had a ton of talent, and couldn´t wait for it to come out. Last year it did, mostly in the return game. FINALLY a return man ! and now we´re about to let him walk :( I know he didn´t do what many expected in the receiving game, and might be too expensive for us now, but how I wish they would´ve found a way to keep him

  • Trent Taylor

    We are still effed at WR no matter what he does.

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    I’m fine with this. Not signing McCluster is not the end of the world for the Chiefs. I never saw McCluster as a WR, much less a slot WR. He was a great KR and that’s about it. Even if he had 500 yards this year, which was a career year for him, it’s not like we are missing a huge offensive presence. The worst thing to come from this is we are missing a huge part of our KR game. But Demps and Davis did just fine as well. Not to say DMC is easily replaceable, but we have the right players to replace him.

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, DMC made the Pro-Bowl…but he made it as a KR. Not a WR. He may have had the best year yet and he may continue improving, but how much are we really willing to spend on a player that is a KR first and a 3WR second? We have other holes that are more important for the team.

  • Stephen Doroha

    Sad to see him go he was starting to really come on as a threat whenever he got the ball I know his numbers weren’t always the best in the league but a great return guy so fast & I think with another season with Smith it woulda been great! Not everyone will agree with that but again sad to see him go good luck DMC!!

  • http://fansided.com Zach

    Bring in Darren Sproles and I won’t care :)

  • Dave

    Whoever signs him is likely to overpay. I am worried we won’t be able to fix the defense and fill all the holes FA left on the offense. At the end of the year the offense was rocking averaging over 30 a game, now we face O-Line and WR problems. We need a lot if we have any hope of competing next year. And now Denver will come at us with Jared Allen and Von Miller. We are getting worse while Denver is improving even more. I simply don’t think it likely we ever win the AFC West let alone the AFC with Manning and Elway able to court whoever they want.

  • Nicholas Abuhl

    Just a little something the chew on… Besides obviously Tom Brady, and a few other select super stars.. how many average football watchers know their rosters to their championship games ? Or even now? They have one of the biggest turn over rate in the nfl. Now while I understand getting attached, there is more to a team then familiarity.