Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) celebrates with the fans after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

So Long, Dexter McCluster

Last week the Chiefs lost what seemed like half of their roster in a 90-minute frenzy. Today, we finally get around to saying good-bye to one of those lost on day one of free agency.

Dexter McCluster was a famed second-round pick of Scott Pioli in April 2010 who took awhile to develop into the playmaker everyone thought he would be from day one.

Well, actually, he was a playmaker on day one. Remember this punt return against San Diego in his first career game?

Ah, memories. Unfortunately, McCluster would not return another kick or punt for a touchdown for the rest of the 2010 season… or the 2011 season… or the 2012 season.

There were plenty of reasons to think McCluster would never be a significant contributor to a good team, and some thought he should be cut from the team. From 2010-12, McCluster averaged less than three catches per game, 8.3 yards per catch, and totaled just five touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing and one glorious punt return). In fact, McCluster had more fumbles (8) than total touchdowns (5). Hope seemed lost.

Then the miracle of 2013 occurred.

McCluster broke out and for the first time in his career he had more total touchdowns in a season (4) than fumbles (2)! And not only did he provide more positive plays than negative plays for what seemed like the first time in his career, McCluster gave the world Chiefs Nation a touchdown dance to be remembered forever.


Dexter McCluster does the salsa after returning a punt for a touchdown against the New York Giants.

Be still my beating heart.

It is beloved former editor Patrick Allen who gives us McCluster’s swan song. May McCluster’s dance be in your thoughts as you listen to the lovely sounds of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”

So long, Dexter McCluster.

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  • Travis Crouch

    He was drafted in April in 2014? The future

    • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald


    • Ben Nielsen

      What, you don’t believe in time travel?

      Also, whoops. Fixed.

  • Chris Tarrants

    A question for anybody to answer… All this talk about comp picks next year, what about this year? I couldn’t help but notice that the over opinionated and highly over rated Eric Winston made NFLPA whatever, do we get a comp pick for him leaving?

    • tm1946

      Much to do about nothing apparently. Things are good, those players were bums anyway and, again apparently, did little to help during the 9-0 run. Just look at the comments and articles, the Chiefs are better than last year already, even with only one sub par Guard.

      Comps in 2015 will be some sort of answer. As for Winston, what did you expect,

      • Chris Tarrants

        Yeah I rambled a bit but my question was, do we get a pick for losing Winston last year? I agree that we are better off with out the over priced mediocre guys that we lost. I am just trying to figure out if we get any extra picks this year and Winston is the only big name guy that I can think of that we lost and I’m not even sure he was good enough to garner a comp pick

        • Ben Nielsen

          It doesn’t look like the Chiefs will get a compensation pick for the 2014 draft.

  • Jacob

    Seemed to me McCluster was a guy you either hated or loved.

    No, he didn’t have amazing stats, but he showed a lot of flashes this year as he was finally being used CORRECTLY. Let’s not forget our last regime decided Arenas would be a better PR than McCluster (Still furious about that).

    His haters always said he was too small, too brittle, and too inconsistent. They said he had terrible hands. Obviously those people only remember the 1 long pass he dropped in the Bills game. I’ve seen McCluster take some HUGE hits. Hits I wouldn’t expect most players to immediately recover from, but McCluster would just jump right back up like it was nothing. I don’t remember the amount of times he was hurt, but I know it definitely wasn’t too many. Something else worth mentioning was he was very interactive with the fanbase, and was ALWAYS a classy guy. Very humble, a team-first guy. Apparently, his haters just remember a completely different player than the one I remember.

    Yes, McCluster’s price was too high for KC, so I don’t argue letting him go, but I never understood why so many hated the guy. I’ll continue to keep an eye on him, and hope he does well for himself as long as he’s not playing against the Chiefs.

    Now I just hope Dressler can come in and fill his shoes.

  • Robert Acridge

    I am one who will really miss Dex, He and the rest of the 2010 draft class came to visit us here in Fort Riley, I have some great pictures from that day, Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry, Kendrik Lewis and Dex (One of our best drafts).
    I still remember the play that he hyper-extended his elbow on, at that time i said dang, we just lost one of our players for the season, I think he was out for one game and came back the next with a very large brace, That kid has alot of grit!
    Took my sons their first NFL game last year, Chiefs vs Giants, He had that awesome run back, I am a die hard Chiefs fan, but I am also a Dexter McCluster fan, Thanks Dex for playing your heart out for our beloved Chiefs! and good luck.