Avery, 28, spend last season with the Indianapolis Colts, catching 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns. For his career he has 163 catches and 12 touchdowns. Speed and run-after-catch are his strengths, excelling as a secondary option for Andrew Luck when Reggie Wayne could not get open.
Coming out of college, Avery recorded a 4.27 40 time at the combine. He is listed as 5-11, 192 pounds.
While he is a solid second option at wide receiver for the Chiefs, he does have his issues with staying healthy and being a consistent pass catcher. His career best 60 receptions last season came with 12 drops, which also happens to be an issue for star receiver Dwayne Bowe. Kansas City could still use a more sure-handed receiving threat.
Combined with free agent signing Anthony Fasano along with re-signing Bowe, the Chiefs have added another weapon for new quarterback Alex Smith to throw to. Kansas City still needs development from Devon Wylie and Jonathan Baldwin but they need for them to perform at a high level has diminished in the last two days.
Really like his fit in Reid’s offense. RT @adamschefter: Former Colts WR Donnie Avery signing with KC Chiefs.
UPDATE #1: Contract information is starting to come out for the Avery deal.
WR Donnie Avery’s deal with the Chiefs is 3 years, just over $11 M. Gives them depth and competition on the outside.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 13, 2013