Well-known free agent wideouts are still available for KC Chiefs

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If the Kansas City Chiefs were interested, there are still some well-known free agent wide receivers available on the market.

Perhaps the single area that most members of Chiefs Kingdom are anxious to see in action this coming season is the wide receiving corps. In the wake of a complete rebuild, the Kansas City Chiefs are now staring at a few unknowns in terms of personnel and how they will be used by head coach Andy Reid.

The reinvention of the position began with a shocking trade that took everyone by surprise—perhaps even the organization to some degree. As recently as the NFL Combine, the Chiefs were knee-deep into negotiations with superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill on a long-term third contract with the team. Then as the market began to radically shift toward a higher ceiling than ever before, the Chiefs pivoted and dealt him for five draft picks from the Miami Dolphins.

At that point, the entire corps took on a new identity. Hill was the single most dynamic weapon on offense and commanded nearly 160 targets last year by himself. He was also the team’s single-season leader in receiving yards and was only a single season away from being the wide receiver with the most yards in team history.

Even beyond the loss of Hill, the Chiefs also allowed Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle to walk in free agency—to the Las Vegas Raiders and Chicago Bears, respectively. That meant the roster was set to feature new faces already, even before Hill’s blockbuster trade.

To help restock the shelves, the Chiefs have stayed busy with the drafting of Skyy Moore in the second round out of Western Michigan and the signing of both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency. Those three in conjunction with Mecole Hardman form the new core that carries the team forward on paper—along with the presence of the game’s best tight end in Travis Kelce.

All of this might feel like enough, and perhaps it is, but it’s also true that not a single one of those players has ever carried an offense. It’s also true that there are some very well-known names available in free agency even at this stage of the offseason. If the Chiefs want to go shopping, and that itself is a question, they could go looking for names like these.