Kansas City Chiefs 2016 roster: Thoughts and musings
The Chiefs trade Rod Streater for…..????
Far and away the move I have the biggest problem with was KC trading away Rod Streater. First, let’s be very clear, the Chiefs didn’t really get diddly poo for Streater. Essentially, KC traded Streater and Marcus Cooper for Kenneth Acker and the possibility of a higher seventh round draft pick in two years (again, not an additional seventh round pick in two years, just the possibility of swapping seventh round picks).
If I asked you a couple of weeks ago if you would make that trade I feel pretty confident that 99 percent of Chiefs fans would have said no. I get that if you’re going to cut a guy anyway you might as well get something, but KC came as close as you can to trading Streater for absolutely nothing as you can get in the NFL.
Now, the compensation isn’t really why I don’t like this move. I don’t like it for what it does for the roster. I just wish I could say “I may not like the move but at least they got (blank) out of it.” Here’s the real issue.
If I were to ask Chiefs fans what KC’s top issue on offense in their playoff loss to New England was I believe that the clear top answer would be Jeremy Maclin being hurt and KC not having anyone that could really take his place. Now, let me be VERY clear, Streater is no where near the wideout that Maclin is, but he is a sure handed veteran wideout that runs good routes. He is exactly the kind of guy KC needed on their bench to fill in when Maclin went down.
With one or two exceptions (more on that in a minute) I don’t have a huge problem with the wideouts that made KC’s roster. Conley is the best choice for the number two starting spot and has fantastic tools and upside. The rookies Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson both showed enough promise to make the team and I believe both have the potential to be part of the long term future on offense for the Chiefs.
Next: Making sense of the WRs