— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 10, 2014
This really comes as no surprise as the Chiefs have already signed Joe McKnight, who should be able to handle the punt return duties for Kansas City next season. McCluster’s mediocre production in the passing game can be replaced, maybe by Canadian Football League All-Star Weston Dressler, who the Chiefs signed last month.
Dexter McCluster was a fan favorite but his numbers in the passing game were not worth paying him more than the $1.3 million he made in 2013. He had 172 receptions in his 4 years with the Chiefs, but only 1,500 yards. That is a paltry average of just 8.7 yards a catch for his career.
In 2013, he caught a career high 53 balls for 511 yards, but only a 9.6 yards per catch. That is production that should be easily replaced, in theory.
Of course, he will be missed in the punt return game. In 2013, his first as a full time punt returner, he led the NFL in returns (58), punt return yardage (686), and punt returns for touchdowns (2). He had 3 returns for touchdowns in his career for the Chiefs.
Hopefully, Kansas City will be able to find a receiver to pick up the slack. In-house options include Dressler, A.J. Jenkins, and Junior Hemingway. There should also be a number of qualified wide receiver prospects left when the Chiefs select in the 2014 NFL Draft, with the 23rd overall pick.
General Manager Dorsey will also be looking for bargains in the free agent pool over the next several weeks.
Don’t be to disappointed in Dexter McCluster’s departure. His numbers are replaceable.