Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) gets past Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (94) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won the game 35-28. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Dexter McCluster Signs With Tennessee Titans


It is official: Dexter McCluster is gone.

The All-Pro return man has signed a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. Here is the Twitter evidence.


We had a good idea this was going to happen on Monday when Terez A. Paylor reported the Chiefs had moved on from McCluster.

McCluster was a second-round pick for the Chiefs in 2010 but never really lived up to the hype until the 2013 season. Even with this season’s performance he left a lot of people wanting more. In four seasons, McCluster averaged less than 10 yards per catch (8.7), combined for nine total touchdowns (five receiving, on rushing, three punt returns), and fumbled the ball 10 times. PFF graded him as a -0.6 receiver in 2013, and had him dropping nearly as many passes (four) as he created missed tackles (six).

Still, the talent is there for him to be a useful part of an offense. Is with worth the three-years, $12-million contract the Titans gave him? We’ll find out. But we know the Chiefs could not have re-signed McCluster at that same deal, and filled other holes on the roster, given their current cap space.

As for a replacement, the in-house option appears to be A.J. Jenkins, though it would not be a surprise to see the Chiefs either sign a free agent, use a draft pick on a receiver, or both.

 

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  • chiefridgy

    Damn

    • berttheclock

      May I double that?

      • Priest4Prez

        damn damn….damn. We’re not good enough to lose these players and still be competitive

      • chiefridgy

        U may

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Can’t wait to see the terms of this deal.

  • Tony Parker

    1 down, how many more to come?

  • Tony Parker

    When u do have good draft picks it would be nice to get something for them instead of walking away and getting a lousy comp pick.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    3 years, $12m, $4.5 guaranteed. I hate to see him go, but I stand behind this business decision too.

    • Tristian

      Agreed. I was behind keeping mccluster but always at the right price. I told you guys he wanted more money even though his overall value is still mostly special teams

    • Montez K.

      Sad day indeed…glad we didn’t put ourselves in a tough position by trying to match

  • Stacy D. Smith

    For the record, this is a significantly richer deal than Avery got last year to be this team’s No. 2 wide receiver. Think about that and tell me you would’ve given him that contract.

    • Priest4Prez

      neither Stacy, neither one but we didn’t hear anything about them trying to work out a deal with McCluster either

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I don’t think that suggests they didn’t have an idea of what he wanted though. We’re not privy to those in-house talks. They said they talked to EVERY pending free agent on the team. I’d be SHOCKED if they never talked numbers with him before this happened.

  • berttheclock

    Now, that the word Jackson is heading to Pioliville and Schwartz is off to the best bagels in the land in NYC, it appears a version of that old standard of “wedding bells are breaking up that old gang of mine” has become “Dollar signs are breaking up that old gang of mine”. Good news is a great deal of cap room has opened up, but, the bad news is it has left holes all over the place, but, especially, on the offensive line. However, as micah says, “those guys are just boring”. I wonder how our offensive line coach is taking this?

    • micah stephenson

      Speaking of boring, I hope everybody don’t start saying we need to draft another olinemen AGAIN! We never get to draft the good stuff like top QB, top wr, top CB, top pass rusher. We always get the stupid stuff.

    • micah stephenson

      We still good. Fish and Steph can play OT, Allen LG, Hudson C. So we need a RG. No big deal.

  • steve james

    Man what a day. So much talent leaving. So should I cancel my order for a Dex signed football? Its been three months they have had my money and not sent my football.

  • TwistedLefty

    i’m sad to see him go and wish him well

  • KCMikeG

    Mark my words. We will ALL regret this decision. My head will explode if he returns one against us in OUR house next year. Dorsey is going to have a tough time convincing me that letting McCluster and Schwartz go was a good business decision and how it makes us better on the field. Getting better is the objective right?