7 realistic trade targets for the Kansas City Chiefs before NFL's deadline

The NFL trade deadline is imminent, with the Kansas City Chiefs potentially on the lookout for a wide receiver to boost their struggling offense. Possibilities include Marquise "Hollywood" Brown from the Arizona Cardinals, Darius Slayton from the New York Giants, or the Denver Broncos' Courtland Sutton or Jerry Jeudy.
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7. Mecole Hardman, WR, New York Jets

Why this move makes sense: This one is comparatively boring. The Chiefs had Mecole Hardman and then let him walk. Since his departure, the wide receiver room has underperformed. Obviously, correlation does not equal causation, but Hardman knows the system and the Chiefs could use someone to stretch the field. With the Jets being interested in moving on from him, this seems like one of the likeliest of scenarios.

The Jets entered the season with high hopes and are finding themselves in a place in which they are hoping a 40-year-old guy can recover fully from an Achilles tear for the future. Hardman was one of those luxury pieces that they brought on board for Aaron Rodgers. Now that the future appears bleak, Hardman could easily be shipped out.

Potential compensation: Conditional 7th Round Pick

The Chiefs let Mecole Hardman walk for a reason. He never really reached the potential that he flashed at Georgia. Even though he has incredible speed, the route running and separation has never quite developed. If the Chiefs were interested, it would be for depth purposes and to provide an occasional spark. It seems unlikely that the Chiefs would offer anything more than a conditional seventh-round pick.