Former Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster might sign with Toronto Argonauts
By Matt Conner
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster might be extending his pro career by playing up in Canada with the Toronto Argonauts.
Dexter McCluster has already enjoyed a much longer than average career in professional football with a total of seven years in the National Football League. Now the former Kansas City Chiefs running back is looking to extend his run with a potential new home north of the border.
The Toronto Argonauts are interested enough in McCluster to potentially sign him after hosting a tryout on Tuesday. It’s the first noted interest in McCluster this offseason after he sat out all of last season. His final year in the NFL was in 2016 with the San Diego Chargers, but the season was cut short by a forearm fracture after only six games.
McCluster comes to the table as a versatile offensive weapon who can log carries in the backfield or serve as a two way threat with nice hands in a scatback sort of role. In his career, McCluster had 250 carries for 1,042 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground to go with 236 catches for 1,993 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns through the air. He also brings considerable special teams abilities as he was an excellent punt returner for the Chiefs, bringing two of them back for touchdowns during his final year with the team.
McCluster spent four seasons with the Chiefs at the beginning of his career after being selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Scott Pioli. He was pictured as a dynamic weapon to be employed on offense so that Todd Haley could dial up the creativity. Instead, McCluster was never quite able to become the sort of weapon in open space that Pioli pictured. He played in 53 career games for the Chiefs and went on to sign with the Tennessee Titans when his rookie contract was up in 2014.
McCluster will be 29-years-old in August.