Wide Receiver: The Chiefs have to be at least a little excited about the potential of Albert Wilson and Chris Conley as their outside threats. Both players have demonstrated talent and have room to grow. However, I don’t know that we can say either player is ready to be a bona fide No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL. On top of that, Jason Avant is set to be a free agent that I don’t think the team will retain, and the situation with DeAnthony Thomas doesn’t seem very optimistic.
This is one of those spots where the Chiefs could attempt to make a splash with a one-year deal for a big name guy who needs to prove himself before getting a big contract. Or Kansas City could look to add a veteran journeyman for depth.
Options: A one year “prove it” deal for a veteran in need of a rebound season, or signing a veteran journeyman for a depth role seem like pretty viable options here.
- Michael Floyd (Cardinals) – It’s actually pretty mind-blowing to me that I can even put Floyd on this list. You would think this guy should be in line for a pretty big pay day. He has all the talent and ability in the world. However, in a very strong Free Agency class, Floyd might not get the contract he’ll be looking for. That could make a one year deal the way to go for him. It wouldn’t be a cheap one, but it could be affordable.
- James Jones (Packers) – Jones missed out on a potential decent pay day last year by demanding more than his worth. He should be far more receptive to a deal this offseason after getting a bit of a wake up call. He’s still productive, but not in the category of #1 receivers.
- Josh Gordon (Browns) – Here is the ultimate wild card in the upcoming NFL Free Agent class. Josh Gordon will be a Restricted Free Agent for Cleveland. I do expect that they tender him, however that tender may not be a large one. This will come down to what Hue Jackson thinks when he meets with Gordon this offseason.
- Dwayne Bowe (Browns) – Oh yes, this move is very much in play. Bowe is not yet a Free Agent, but it should be coming some time soon. Cleveland would save $3.6 mil by cutting the former Chiefs Wide Receiver. As far as signing him goes, Bowe won’t be able to demand much of anything in his contract. In fact, Bowe is likely going to get close to the league minimum thanks to a disastrous tenure with the Browns. And you would be talking about a guy we know to have some talent and is also very familiar with the Chiefs offense and Alex Smith.
- Rishard Matthews (Dolphins) – The Wide Receiver situation in Miami is terrible…despite having possibly the most talented group of players in the NFL. That’s why I see Matthews wanting to cut ties and check out Free Agency. If he does, this is a solid depth guy that can easily hold down the #3, 4, or 5 spot on any roster, and has the potential to be a decent #2 guy as well.
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