Chiefs Waive A.J. Jenkins


Earlier we brought you a report from Ian Rapoport of that the Kansas City Chiefs had cut WR Donnie Avery. Now the team has confirmed the move and has also announced that it has waived WR A.J. Jenkins.

From a press release via the Chiefs:

"The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has released wide receiver Donnie Avery and waived wide receiver A.J. Jenkins.Avery (5-11, 200) has played in 77 games (60 starts) in seven NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14), Indianapolis Colts (2012), Tennessee Titans (2011) and St. Louis Rams (2008). His career numbers include 218 catches for 2,861 yards (13.1 avg.) with 14 touchdowns. While in Kansas City, Avery played in 22 games (17 starts), tallying 55 receptions for 772 yards (14.0 avg.) with two touchdowns. He originally entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick (33rd overall) with St. Louis in the 2008 NFL Draft. Avery played collegiately at Houston.Jenkins (6-0, 200) has played in 28 games (three starts) in three NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14) and San Francisco 49ers (2012). While with the Chiefs, Jenkins recorded 17 catches for 223 yards (13.1 avg.). He was acquired by the Chiefs via trade with the 49ers on Aug. 19, 2013. Jenkins originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (30th overall) by the 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Illinois."

The Chiefs traded former first-round pick Jon Baldwin to the San Francisco 49ers for Jenkins back in 2013.

At the time, the trade was viewed as a swap of failed first-round picks that probably needed a change of scenery.

From Chiefs GM John Dorsey at the time of the trade:

"“We felt like this trade was beneficial for all parties involved,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said.“A.J. is a talented individual with a skillset that we feel can add value to our football team. Jon Baldwin is a hardworking player and a professional. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”"

In the end, both Jenkins and Baldwin continued to underwhelm. The 49ers waived Baldwin a year after the trade. He was picked up by the Detroit Lions but was dumped after he failed a physical.

Cutting Jenkins and Avery saves the Chiefs about $5 million in cap space. It will also put pressure on the team to continue to seek options at the WR position in the draft and free agency.

What do you think, Addicts? Are you sad to see Jenkins go?