Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver Jacoby Ford (12) carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Older Receivers Off The Table For Kansas City?

One thing the Emmanuel Sanders fiasco taught us is John Dorsey intends – or at least intended – on adding a wide receiver through free agency to strengthen the wide receiver group. Since Sanders didn’t work out, the Chiefs now have to turn their attention to other targets. And if you take this tweet from the Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor at its surface value, it looks like the Chiefs will not be looking at older vets to fill the roster void.


Assuming the Chiefs are only going to add one wide receiver to the roster, this tweet would suggest a guy like Jason Avant is no longer on the radar for the Chiefs. It isn’t that Avant wouldn’t make sense for the Chiefs given his understanding of and productivity in Andy Reid‘s offensive scheme, it just appears the Chiefs are trying to go in a long-term direction at the position and not just have a stopgap signing.

[Ed. Note: For clarification, Paylor is not saying the Chiefs are out on Avant specifically. He had nothing new to report on that front.]


Who could the young receiving target be for the Chiefs? Here are a few receivers who are still on the market.

- Sidney Rice, 27, would fit the need of a downfield receiver who is also good in the running game. He’s not a dynamic slot-type receiver but he could work well on the outside. One thing to consider, however, is his history of injuries. How much could the Chiefs really count on him to be on the field?

KC hasn’t been connected to Rice in rumors. The market for him appears to be the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks.

- Joe Morgan visited the Chiefs early in the free agency process but not much has developed since then. New Orleans seemed keen to re-sign him at a more affordable price.

When (and if) healthy, Morgan is a big play threat who can score at any moment. In 10 career receptions he’s scored three touchdowns and averaged 37.9 yards per reception. The Saints planned on him being the team’s third wide receiver before Morgan injured his knee in the preseason.

- Kenny Britt is a risky boom/bust type who could maybe be had on the cheap. There is obviously a lot of risk attached to him so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Chiefs decided to stay away. New England is said to have interest in him.

- Former Raiders speedster Jacoby Ford, 26, is still available. In 38 career games he’s caught 57 passes for 848 yards (14.9 ypc) and three touchdowns. Ford is said to have 4.28 speed. The New York Jets have been connected to him.

- Darrius Heyward-Bey, 27, could be an interesting option on the outside to split time with Donnie Avery. DHB is both fast (4.25 40) and big (6-2, 220) so there are intriguing matchups there. He’s been something of a bust since being selected 7th overall by the Raiders in 2009 but he could be useful as a reserve receiver who exploits smaller cornerbacks.

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  • Allison Bell

    What about James Jones?

    • Allison Bell

      Nevermind he signed with faiders

    • Ryan Stoud

      I think the Raiders already signed him

  • Roger Mihalko

    could always shoot for the moon, make “prove it” 1 year offers to britt, ford, and h-bey…get them all in camp and let them compete.

    • Allison Bell

      We don’t need to get any older.

      • Michael Shaw

        I believe they are all 27 or younger.

    • tgaletti

      I like that idea !!! At least one of them would stick !! I like Ford for his return abilities also !!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Interesting. This shrinks the field considerably. The best available options are all over 30. Britt would be the best of the under 30 group, but he’s never been able to stay healthy and really hasn’t produced since 2010. I guess we can expect them to draft a wide receiver with one of their top two picks. I’m okay with that.

    • Michael Shaw

      I was hoping they would get a safety or OL with that first pick. Which is why the Sanders signing was so important to the team.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Which is precisely why I’d file the grievance and hope for draft pick compensation.

  • unclejesse40

    If we were to sign Britt I would want nothing more than a one year prove it contract with good behavior clauses written in. Bey and Ford intrigue me simply because Oakland has been a mess the last few years and I don’t think you can merely look at low statistics to judge them. Bey didn’t do much in Indy so he has that strike against him but Ford would be an interesting signing.

    • paul pace

      I agree about Bey and Ford. They are both fast and Bey is big and strong. Just because they didn’t do well in Oakland doesn’t mean they are washed up.

  • tm1946

    Great write up, hope the Chiefs read it.

    If we were on the edge of a Super Bowl appearance, try for the golden ring (like Denver) but we are not even close yet. Get some kids out of college and they sink or swim as they play. No place on the bench for draftees.

  • michael carey

    I said this in another thread, but I think Miles Austin would be a good pickup as a post-June 1 release.

  • tazer15

    I like a couple of those names on a 1yr prove it deal think Morgan and Ford are very intriguing. Along with Britt but I think hes a big risk. Its to the point to where we just need a guy that can run a bit and catch whats thrown at him.Dont need a huge name.Austin could be another.Bay is a bust he sucked in Oakland and in Indy.I figured he would explode with Luck never happened even when eveyone called him out.

    • tazer15

      One I left off that list that I might just like the best is Lance Moore.Those highlights of Morgan make him look very good though.We dont have nowhere near a WR with the abilities he showed in that video.He was layin out full speed CATCHING the ball and didnt care what or who was going to hit him.Bowe would have half ass alligator armed those and jogged back to the huddle.Avery would have never caught them.The guy with the ability to somewhat compare to those catches is now in Tenn.

  • og.

    I think if we want someone that can catch the ball we take Lance Moore. Bey is like Avery. Can’t catch a cold. Ford is always injured and has some drop issues. Lance Moore is injury prone but when he plays he catches the damn ball.