4. Van Jefferson - Los Angeles Rams
If you want someone who could be an inexpensive trade deadline addition yet still valuable for a playoff run, Van Jefferson of the Rams could be a sneaky smart add. Jefferson isn't a number one receiver like Mike Evans or a speedy big play weapon like Brown or Mooney, but he is known to be a good route runner with good hands. After an 800-yard season in 2021, he looked poised for a breakout, but then battled injuries last season.
If KC is getting unreliable performances from their wide receivers and needs another sure-handed short-to-intermediate target to pair with Travis Kelce, Jefferson could potentially fill a role similar to Juju Smith-Schuster last season. Jefferson is listed at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, so he has the size to handle that role as well. He's 27 years old and since his game is predicated on route running and not big-play speed, it would be reasonable to think he could still be productive if KC wanted to sign him to something like a three-year extension after acquiring him.
It's very possible that the Rams will be bad again this year. The Rams already have Cooper Kupp under contract through 2026 and are reportedly high on rookie Puka Nacua. So if Kupp is able to come back from his early season hamstring issues and Nacua is flashing as a rookie then dealing Jefferson who is on the last year of his deal if they are out of playoff contention would make a ton of sense for the Rams.
So there you have it Chiefs fans, four options to keep your eyes on if the wide receiver struggles for KC linger on into the rest of the season. I think I speak for all KC fans when I say I hope a trade for a wideout isn't necessary for the Chiefs to win another Super Bowl, but if Brett Veach's gamble at wideout doesn't look like it will pay off this year, keep an eye on these players and teams. If they are out of the playoff hunt a trade for one of these players could make a lot of sense and help KC keep their Super Bowl repeat on track.
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