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Kansas City Chiefs: One More Free Agent Signing


For the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs the offseason seems to be coming to a close in that they are really no more moves the cap limited Chiefs can make.

While it is disturbing to see so many players that contributed to the success the Chiefs had in 2013 leave the team, a fan must have faith in the philosophy held by General Manager John Dorsey had in Green Bay, “Build through the draft and secure high quality players for a good price” will hold sound.

With that being said the cap limited Chiefs still have the room to add another key free agent, the question remains who, and for how much. Lets take a look at a couple of players that the Chiefs could try to get for a bargain price before the draft.

1. Jason Avant Wide Receiver

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Besides for the obvious Andy Reid reference, Avant has amassed close to 300 receptions since he entered the league back in 2006. Though last year was not his best an a Eagle, Avant became a cap causality as he was released from the Eagles. Avant would add a much needed veteran presence that has been lacking due to the off field issues of the Chiefs number one receiver Dwayne Bowe. Another aspect to look at is the market. Besides for the fact that former Eagle Desean Jackson recently signed a big deal with the Washington Redskins, Avant is not the game breaker that Jackson is. He should be able to sign for a smaller cap hit that Jackson would have. What he does offer is experience playing in Reid’s offense and the ability to give quarterback Alex Smith a reliable target for the 2014 season.

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2. Sidney Rice Wide Receiver

Although not directly linked to the Kansas City Chiefs, Sidney Rice would look rather good in a Chiefs uniform. His career has had some ups and downs and finally culminated with his release from the World Champions Seattle Seahawks. Rice may not have the size that the Chiefs are looking for but with his speed and a solid 14.8 yards per reception Rice could prove valuable for a team in desperate need of more talent on the outside.

 

Lets state the obvious, the Chiefs biggest need right now that could be addressed is wide receiver. While this list is short, it is because they are two of the most interesting prospects.

One, Avant, has to be the front runner on Andy’s mind if he is planning on bringing in another key player. Rice on the other is interesting because of the prospect of trying to help him turn around a diminishing career. Either of these two would be a great addition and with the receiver market being the way it is right now one of them could be a great signing for general manager John Dorsey, and could help the Chiefs regain the high level of play they had at the beginning of 2013.

So how about it Addicts, who would you rather see in Arrowhead next year, and is there another receiver out there you think would be a great fit, sound off below.

Tags: Dwayne Bowe Featured Jason Avant Kansas City Chiefs Popular Sidney Rice

  • Josh Landers

    Although it would be nice, I don’t think we need to spend money on either one of these guys. The offense looked great the second half of last year with average te work (although I would love to see the beard stay in kc for a while. Solid but not a superstar) and bums at wr (see everyone not named bowe. I love DMC but he’s only average as a slot guy). With the draft coming up, there is wr talent littered throughout. Not to mention all the udfa’s that I’m sure Dorsey will bring in. If dressler pans out, then we really only NEED a decent number 2. Or even Jenkins could play well and lock himself into some snaps. All in all, I think r & d may be content waiting for the draft to roll around before signing anyone that will actually affect the cap more than just pocket change. Just my opinion. GO CHIEFS!!!!

    • Dave Hoffman

      I think we should sign sidney rice to a two year deal and cut donnie avery then we could take best player available and if its not a wr then we could take one in the 3rd round and rice is in his mid to kate 20s that’s why i would sign him over avant

  • Dave Hoffman

    And what about earl Bennett from the bears

  • chaser13

    I’d take rice over avant…simply because of his speed n age…plus it’s something different for andy…never know he might be able to bring the best out of rice…He already knows exactly what avant brings to the table…take a chance on the younger, higher ceiling of Sidney rice…i could dig it…we still need to draft a reciever in the first tho

  • Brandon Norris

    I have been wanting us to pick up Rice since before he went to Seattle so hands down my choice he is a excellent receiver and very underrated. He may not be Randy Moss but he would be a great addition and help our passing game explode and bottom line you look at that line up. BOWE, RICE, DRESSLER, AVERY, JENKINS, HEMINGWAY, AND THEN EITHER COOKS, BECKHAM, LEE, OR JANIS FROM THE DRAFT WE HAVE POTENTIALLY THE MOST DANGEROUS RECEIVING CORE IN THE LEAGUE

  • justink

    Why not just stand pat and go into the draft looking for a wr in the first and then a og or a s in the third?

  • berttheclock

    Sidney Rice headlines.

    Catches game winning TD. Tears his knee. Catches game winning TD. Injures his hip. Catches 3 passes and helps his team win. Another knee injury. Stellar game with a game winning TD. Tears his ACL.

    So, which Rice will show up for the Chiefs?

    • micah stephenson

      Dam. There goes the Rice ideal. He too fragile.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’d take Avant at this point. I think we need a vet presence in the receiving corps. He’d be a reliable slot guy.

    • berttheclock

      I’ve wondered whether those early Reid comments about not being interested were only meant to help lower his price. I have read articles which praise the work of Avant in helping other wide outs on the team develop their respective skills. Plus, he is a great down field blocker for running plays. Charles would love to have him clearing the path. One other thing about Avant. The Eagles scored one TD by a wide out against the Chiefs. It was Avant and not Jackson.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I had the same thought, but what’s a guy like Avant going to get anyway? I didn’t like the idea of adding him a month ago, but now I think he’d give us some stability in the slot. Especially after we’ve missed out on a couple guys since then.

        • Anthony Poole

          Avants makes a lot of sense. He has good hands. I’ll say that again, he has good hands. It would be so good to see someone on the Chiefs catch the ball with more degree of consistency that what we’ve seen lately. Then we could address our OL or DL (not sexy but still solid needs) with the first and still have a great chance to come away with a Donte Moncrief in the third. That takes care of some really pressing needs, at least IMHO.

  • unclejesse40

    I guess I don’t see the harm in bringing guys onto the team that have high ceilings but had down years on one year contracts with incentives. If they hit you got great value, if they don’t you aren’t trying to get out from under the cap hit for several years. With these type of players, you aren’t building your team around them, but they certainly can contribute in a big way.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    Rice would be my choice. He’s got speed that’s for sure. So Reid can use him short passes like he did with Dexter and he still has the talent for deep passes too, which Dexter didn’t have the skills for.
    Avant might have the skills blocking but that’s something they can teach Rice. Avant might be more stable/dorable, but sometimes that happens with the fast guys cause they are skinny and don’t have a whole lot of muscle in them. They can build muscle with Rice in a month, that can help with the blocking and the dorability.

  • tm1946

    If any of the bench warmers can play, got to believe Andy will use one or more of them as opposed to the over-the-hill gang. If not, Rice might help for one more year.