The Kansas City Chiefs continue to fly under the radar in free-agency. To date, they’ve lost several players, including two Pro-Bowlers in Branden Albert and Dexter McCluster, a starting defensive end in Tyson Jackson, as well as some much needed depth along the offensive line in Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz.
They’ve attempted to compensate by signing the likes of Vance Walker, Joe Mays, Weston Dressler, and Jeff Linkenbach. Walker may be an upgrade over Tyson Jackson, we’ll see. Joe Mays is possibly an upgrade as a run-stopper at linebacker but he’s also got some weaknesses in pass coverage. Both are coming to a new scheme and will have to find ways to fit in.
We really have no idea what to expect from Weston Dressler. He was a star in the CFL but he may or may not be a capable NFL wide receiver. Probably the most we can expect from him is McCluster-like numbers, otherwise he’d probably have already been in the NFL some time ago.
Perhaps the most interesting facet of the Chiefs off-season thus far has been the failed negotiations and subsequent drama associated with free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who ended up signing with the division rival Denver Broncos after having allegedly come to an agreement with the Chiefs only hours prior.
The latest notable news involving the Chiefs has been conjecture that they may be interested in trading for speedy Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
From a need perspective, this deal makes sense in that the Chiefs could definitely use a set of dependable hands with some game-breaking speed. Jackson certainly offers that.
However, the obvious hurdle to a Jackson deal actually happening is that he is due around $10M this year and the Chiefs only have about $5.2M in cap space remaining.
Moreover, any deal for Jackson would undoubtedly include a draft pick (maybe two), and the Chiefs are already operating at a deficit in terms of picks, having traded their second round selection to the 49ers as part of the Alex Smith deal.
Bottom line, a DeSean Jackson to Kansas City deal is not going to happen. The Chiefs have too many holes to fill, they can’t afford to give up any more picks, and they can’t easily accommodate Jackson’s contract. So where does that leave the Chiefs with respect to the wide receiver position?