Kansas City Chiefs sign Chris Conley
The Kansas City Chiefs have come to terms with third-round pick Chris Conley, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Per Wilson, the deal is for four years and $3.123 million with a signing bonus of $712,346. Conley was one of three remaining draft picks from the 2015 class to be unsigned, now leaving only Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson. Oh, those pesky cornerbacks.
Conley is expected to come into rookie minicamp May 16 and begin competing for some playing time. The Chiefs have retooled the receiver position this offseason, signing Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55 million deal while cutting Dwayne Bowe. Bowe eventually signed with the Cleveland Browns on a two-year conract.
Kansas City also released Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins, both of whom remain free agents. Jason Avant was brought back on a one-year deal, and general manager John Dorsey also drafted Da’Ron Brown of Northern Illinois in the seventh round. Finally, we must mention the signing of Da’Rick Rogers in January, who will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The only sure things we know about Kansas City’s receivers are Maclin will start on the outside, and De’Anthony Thomas is the primary slot receiver. Beyond that, we have Albert Wilson and Conley battling for the other starting spot along with Rogers, Avant, Brown and Junior Hemingway.
Considering what Wilson produced over the final four games of last year, he appears to be the front-runner for the job, although Conley certainly has a chance.
Conley drew high praise from NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock throughout the process, per NFL.com.
"“Conley can flat out fly, folks. He’s one of the smartest players in this draft. He has more diversified interests than your typical football player.”"
The youngster got on everybody’s radar during February’s NFL Combine with a 4.35-second 40-yard dash, bench-pressing 225 pounds 18 times, posting a 45-inch vertical jump and a 139-inch broad jump. All of those numbers are the best of any receiver at the event.