Chase Daniel trade talk: What’s it mean?

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Another option for the Chiefs is the player for player trade.  As I have mentioned in the past, John Dorsey has been excellent at getting great value out of these kinds of roster moves.  Anthony Sherman and Kelcie McCray have both outperformed the players we gave up.  So I would have a lot of faith in any trade of this kind that our general manager made.

But who would be looking to do this, and what do we want from them?

New York Jets

The Chiefs are certainly in need of a quality blocking TE. A trade with the Jets could bring back former Chief and former OT, Steve Maneri. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Why would they want Chase?:  The Jets quarterback situation took a shot in the jaw (see what I did there?) last week when third year starter Geno Smith got his jaw broken by teammate IK Enemkapali.  The situation reportedly stemmed from a disagreement over money.  Regardless of what you choose to believe, the only fact is that Smith is out for an undetermined amount of time, and the backup options aren’t very reliable.  Yes, they signed Matt Flynn.  But lots of teams have signed Matt Flynn and immediately moved on.

What can they offer?:  Steve Maneri – TE…Yep, that Steve Maneri.  The Chiefs still have very questionable depth at the tight end spot.  There are some things to like about rookies James O’Shaughnessy and Ryan Taylor, but I doubt either is going to contribute much to this year.

Richard Gordon is a veteran, but was a fringe guy on our roster last year.  And Demetrius Harris still hasn’t gotten on the field yet.  Now, don’t expect Maneri to be any kind of huge offensive weapon.  That’s not his strength.  What Maneri offers is solid blocking.  The former offensive tackle is the kind of guy that you let crash in on an unsuspecting linebacker so that Jamaal Charles can break to the outside.  And the fact that he’s already familiar with Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson means he should be able to work with them.

Buffalo Bills

Chris Hogan is a solid young WR. The Chiefs could certainly use his production in the offense. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Why would they want Chase?:  Matt Cassel is their current starter.  Yeah, it’s that bad.  And the depth behind him could lead even the stoutest of lemmings questioning their path.  EJ Manuel has been a total bust and neither Matt Sims or Tyrod Taylor can really be called improvements.  The Bills really have a stacked roster, except at the quarterback spot.  It’s been enough to where even Rexy couldn’t put a positive spin on it at times.

What can they offer?:  Chris Hogan – WR…There has been a good bit to like about what the Chiefs wide receivers have done so far this offseason.  However, I think it would be a mistake to think that they have really turned a corner.  Hogan isn’t a world-beater by any means.  But he was a productive depth receiver on a team that had some very spotty quarterback play last year.  Hogan is also very young, just coming into his third year.  That means the Chiefs could get some future value out of him as well as bolstering the current wide receiver corps.

Chicago Bears

The Bears added Pascoe in the offseason, but so far he may be the odd man out in their deep TE group. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Why would they want Chase?:  I honestly don’t know of a worse quarterback situation than the one the Bears have.  We know that Cutler is going to fail to live up to expectations again…no matter how far we lower them.  And behind him, none of the other options offer much to be hopeful about.  David Fales and Shane Carden may have potential down the road, but neither can knock Jimmy Clausen out of the backup spot and both are projects, at best, at this point.

What can they offer?:  Bear Pascoe – TE…Though he was signed to the Bears just this year, Pascoe isn’t a lock to make the final roster in Chicago.  The truth is, if there is one position where the Bears are set, it’s at tight end.  The Chiefs can capitalize on this by getting an excellent blocker who also has some pass-catching ability.  Pascoe would instantly be the second string tight end in Kansas City, but would not be the kind of player the Chiefs would be stuck with if someone else steps up.  Overall that’s a good situation when trading for a depth player.

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