Best moves of the KC Chiefs offseason - Signing Richie James
The addition of Richie James exemplifies a classic low-risk, high-reward move by the Chiefs. While James may not reach Pro Bowl level as a wide receiver, he possesses the necessary tools to thrive as a gadget player within Andy Reid's offense, along with valuable experience as a punt returner.
The departure of Mecole Hardman and the Chiefs' desire for Kadarius Toney to assume a traditional number-one wide receiver role creates an opportunity for a player like Richie James to step up. James can be effectively utilized in plays such as jet sweeps and screens, adding versatility to the offense.
Moreover, with Skyy Moore transitioning into a more traditional wide receiver role, competition for the punt returner position arises, involving Richie James and Justin Watson in particular. While Kadarius Toney could potentially serve as the primary returner, the Chiefs might be reluctant to expose their top receiver to the risks associated with special teams. We've observed a similar decrease in Tyreek Hill's involvement on special teams as he became more integral to the offense, and a similar approach could be taken with Toney and Moore.
While Richie James may not amass 1,000 receiving yards for Kansas City, it is highly plausible that he will play a more substantial role on offense than many anticipate. Priced at just under $1.1 million for the 2023 season, there exists a genuine possibility that James exceeds the value of his contract early in the season. Andy Reid has a fondness for utilizing receivers with James' skill set, and this could yield significant dividends throughout the season, particularly with Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback.