4 notable former Chiefs players still looking for 2024 teams

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WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

The Chiefs surprised nobody when they released veteran wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling following the 2023 season. The team desperately needed some cap flexibility ahead of a pivotal offseason, and the South Florida product hadn't lived up to the expectations of his 3-year, $30 million contract.

According to Ari Meirov, the Chiefs released Valdes-Scantling early to give him "a head start on free agency," but that hasn't benefited the veteran at all this offseason. He has not been linked to many teams in a credible manner, but that hardly surprises Chiefs fans. Sure, he was a steady member of the Chiefs wide receiver room and showed his mental fortitude by bouncing back from more rough outings than good ones. But he was an overall disappointment from a statistical point of view.

Valdes-Scantling had 63 receptions, 1,002 yards, and 3 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Chiefs. He played a role in helping the team win back-to-back Super Bowls, including a standout performance in the 2022 AFC Championship Game and a touchdown catch in Super Bowl LVIII. While Valdes-Scantling showed flashes of brilliance, he was inconsistent during his time with the Chiefs. He had not delivered a top-50 fantasy campaign, and his role in the offense did not allow for consistent production.

Even when he had opportunities, he did not cash in on them.

Ultimately, Valdes-Scantling should find a new home ahead of training camp. But he missed his chance to be a premier option in Kansas City. Now, the former fifth-round selection is almost starting from scratch.