Kansas City Chiefs Free agent wide receiver, Dexter McCluster, started following the Cleveland Browns on twitter Monday evening. His name has been linked to the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well through free agency rumors, but the following of the Browns could indicate exactly where he is going.
Nothing can be made official until 3 P.M. today, but I believe McCluster has found a new home in Cleveland. I mean why else would he follow them on twitter? Just to check in on the Browns?
No, McCluster is likely a Cleveland Brown moving forward and he could be a nice complement to Josh Gordon in the receiving game. We know he will contribute heavily on special teams, but will that contribution be enough for what he is potentially asking for?
It’s hard to speculate what the Browns are offering McCluster in terms of money. With the Chiefs, McCluster was making an annual salary of $1.3 million, with $3 million guaranteed (via Sportrac.com). Devin Hester, formerly of the Chicago Bears, signed a contract extension in 2010 that totaled 4 years $21 million.
The reason I bring up Hester is because there is no other way to judge the market for a free agent kick returner. Technically, McCluster is a receiver, but let’s be real. He is valued higher as a special teams returner than he is a receiver. I’m truly interested to see what his deal looks like with his next team.
Whatever his new asking price is, the Chiefs obviously didn’t see fit to pay it. Whether it be too much money, or they simply felt he wasn’t worth it, the Chiefs are moving on from their former 2nd round pick and so should the fans.
McCluster has been a fan favorite since day one so it will be hard to see him leave. After all, he isn’t leaving on bad terms and he has been a standup citizen for the community since he arrived. Look for the news to drop of his signing else where this afternoon.