The Kansas City Chiefs have confirmed interest in free agent wide receiver, Jason Avant, according to multiple sources including Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
I’m told the #Chiefs indeed have interest in former Philly WR Jason Avant.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 11, 2014
Avant wasn’t exactly Chiefs fans first choice of receiver from out of Philly, but he could be a serviceable player at a low cost. Andy Reid drafted Avant in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, so it makes sense for Avant to be a target for the Chiefs. He played his best seasons under Reid- granted he was with Chip Kelly for only one season- so logic would lead you to believe he can step in right away and have success in this offense.
The Chiefs are on the cusp of losing Dexter McCluster so they need to find receivers that can play the slot. The signing of Joe McKnight and Weston Dressler would indicate the Chiefs saw the loss of McCluster coming. Avant could help fill that role if signed, and honestly, Avant has put up better numbers than McCluster as a receiver.
In his last three seasons under Reid, Avant caught at least 50 receptions in each, totaling 1,900 yards and 2 touchdowns (via ESPN.com). While those numbers aren’t exactly eye popping, it’s still better production than what McCluster gave the Chiefs in all four of his seasons. McClusters best year was last, catching 53 balls and being targeted 81 times, further proving how important it is for the Chiefs to have a solid player in the slot. Alex Smith likes to target those guys up the seams and on quick, inside routes. Avant could fill that role nicely.
Since the Eagles cut Avant, he is an unrestricted free agent, meaning he can sign before the 3 P.M. start today. It’s possible that a signing of Avant could indicate the Chiefs will not be selecting a receiver with the 23rd pick in the draft. Perhaps the Chiefs are thinking defense or offensive line, seeing as they may lose three starting offensive lineman to free agency. Lets hold out hope on hearing the signing of one of those guards in the next day or two.