4 potential wide receiver trade targets for KC Chiefs if issues persist

The Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers had a rough first game. Hopefully things improve, but if not there are some potential trade options out there.
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2. Marquise Brown - Arizona Cardinals

This one is the one I find most interesting on this list. Marquise Brown is just 26 years old. He improved his production in each of his first three seasons in Baltimore, culminating in a 91-reception season despite the Ravens being a very run-heavy offense. He was then traded to Arizona to team up with his college quarterback, Kyler Murray. Both Murray and Brown missed some games last season and now the long-term plan in Arizona is up for some debate.

Some believe that the Cardinals are tanking this season to try and get Caleb Williams. Is that true? Would they really move on from Kyler Murray after giving him a big contract? If they do move on from Murray would Brown want out too or would he be interested in re-signing to play with Caleb Williams? With two potential early first-round picks could they look to add a receiver like Marvin Harrison Jr.? I don't know the answer to any of these questions, but I do strongly believe that the Cardinals will be awful this season and that it's certainly possible they could be looking to sell some players before the deadline.

I also believe that Brown is the type of player that could thrive in an Andy Reid offense. Brown may not be Tyreek Hill or DeSean Jackson, but he is an undersized outside receiver with big play speed. He's the type of player I can see the Chiefs working out a new contract with as part of the trade agreement to get him under KC's cap this season and keep him with Reid and Mahomes for several years.

When Tyreek Hill left KC they replaced his deep-threat speed with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but those two actually play very different roles in KC's offense. MVS is basically an outside deep-threat X-receiver whereas Hill played all over the formation. If the Chiefs like the upside they see in Rashee Rice, they could look to use him as more of a possession-type X receiver in the future and could counter that with a deep threat like Brown who could be moved around more like Hill was (even if he isn't that same elite level player).

If KC wanted to add a talented enough established weapon to help them win this season that could also be a big part of their plans for several years to come, Hollywood Brown would be at the top of my list.

If the Cardinals don't want to deal Brown or if their asking price is too steep, there is a similar style player that might be more affordable and more realistic.