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.
A league source tells me WR Dexter McCluster will not be returning to KC. He has 4-5 suitors and will likely sign Tuesday night. #Chiefs
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 10, 2014
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.