Free agent wide receiver pool is drying up for Kansas City Chiefs

Recent signings are bringing the selections in the wide receiver aisle to a bare minimum.
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The week after the yearly NFL Draft always brings a new wave of free agent signings. It's as predictable as the draft itself.

The reason for the surge of signings comes down to a clearer roster picture for each team. After the draft, NFL franchises can clearly see where they are lacking talent at a given position with their primary options to fill those holes now gone. For those teams who were waiting to see how the draft might pan out (or not), they now turn to free agency to finish their shopping.

Recent signings are bringing the selections in the wide receiver aisle to a bare minimum.

For the Kansas City Chiefs, there are still a couple of areas at which it makes sense for Brett Veach to go shopping, but Brett Veach's post-draft press conference made it clear that he wanted to wait and see how the team's young players looked in certain roles before assuming the Chiefs need another import.

That sounds like a healthy decision based on wisdom and patience, but there's also a cost that comes with it—namely that the players who didn't have a home before could easily be gone by the time Veach figures things out.

That's what's happening this week at wide receiver where multiple players have signed with NFL teams in the wake of the draft. Former Carolina Panthers wideout D.J. Chark was the latest player to make the newswire on Friday by signing with the Los Angeles Chargers. He's just the latest in a rather busy time after weeks of inactivity on the open market.

Also on Friday, Odell Beckham Jr. signed with the Miami Dolphins while Tyler Boyd continues to take visits with the Chargers and Tennessee Titans. Earlier this week, Michael Gallup signed with the Las Vegas Raiders and the Buffalo Bills signed Chase Claypool. That's not to say the Chiefs would have been interested in anyone here, but rather if they were playing it cool, then it's also clear that their selection pool will be greatly diminished.

The truth is that the Chiefs have imported major players at wide receiver this offseason to improve the offense, but it's not enough in the face of last season's disappointments and the potential suspension of Rashee Rice. Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy are exciting additions but if Rice is out for any length of time, the Chiefs have plenty of room (and cap space) to grab someone else.