Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) scores a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

KC Chiefs: Could Denarius Moore Be An Option

When the KC Chiefs decided not to address the wide receiver position this off-season, it instantly changed the landscape for a lot of fans on how they view this years offense.

While they did grab Oregon’s dynamic threat, De’Anthony Thomas, in the fourth round, Thomas did most of his work from the backfield in college so he isn’t a true receiver. It’s believed that he could be a Dexter McCluster type of player for the offense but that could be a bit much to ask from an undersized rookie.

We also forget that they did try to sign Emmanuel Sanders this off-season, but came up short to Denver in a very weird, and sketchy situation. So yes, they did try, but did they try hard enough?

Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) can

Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) can

As of now, the Chiefs are riding with Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins, Weston Dressler, Junior Hemingway, and DeAnthony Thomas as their top receiving targets.

That’s a pretty thin group in the grand scheme of things and while the Chiefs were able to make it work in Andy Reid‘s first year, the chances of that repeating in year two decrease significantly from the schedule alone.

There is no doubt the Chiefs need help with that group and the list of free agents isn’t great. After doing some research, I came across a couple of interesting articles concerning Oakland Raiders receiver, Denarius Moore.

Moore, has become quite the thorn in the Chiefs side over the past few seasons. In six career games vs. Kansas City, Moore has caught 22 passes for 368 yards and three TDs, including a five-catch, 82-yard one-TD performance against the Chiefs last year at Arrowhead.

He’s only entering his fourth season, as he was drafted by the Raiders in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Where things get interesting with Moore and the Raiders are some of the reports coming out about his relationship with the coaching staff at the moment. Chris Wessling of NFL.com recently published an article about Moore falling out of favor with the Raiders.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle recently noted that Andre Holmesseems to be bypassing Moore for the No. 3 role behind(James) Jones and Rod Streater.

Formerly a jump-ball specialist at 6-foot-5, Holmes led the Raiders in receiving down the stretch last season. In fact, his 366 yards over the final five games ranked 15th among all NFL receivers.

While Holmes continues to improve, the mercurial Moore has mystified the Raiders coaching staff with bouts of immaturity and inconsistency.

So how do the Chiefs play a roll in possibly landing Moore?

Well, a couple of things to think about here starting with a trade. The Chiefs won’t trade for him and with that, why would Oakland trade him within the division in the first place?

The only way that Moore becomes a Chief, is if the Raiders decide to cut him. His cap number for 2014, the final year of his rookie contract, is $1,463,513 according to overthecap.com. This means that he would be a little to no hit to the Raiders cap this year if he is cut, so there is no financial obligation to keep him on the roster. 

The red flags that surround Moore are his inconsistency from game to game and his maturity. One week, he’ll look like a superstar and the next he won’t even make a catch. It doesn’t help his cause either, with all the coaching changes and different quarterbacks he’s had throwing to him the last 3 seasons.

Raiders coach, Dennis Allen, believed it be his age and his maturity level that’s holding him back but after similar results from last season, they felt the need to get better at the position right now.

With the signings of James Jones and Rod Streater, and the emergence of Andre Holmes, Moore instantly becomes expendable for the Raiders.

While it makes sense to keep him because he does have tremendous talent, there is a strong possibility that he’s not returning to the Raiders in 2015. If the Raiders feel they need the roster spot for another up-and-coming player, and they don’t plan on bringing him back next year, Moore could see himself cut sometime during the pre-season.

If that does happen, then the Chiefs should make a run at adding him to the roster.

His talent is tremendous and he would get every opportunity to shine in Andy Reids offense. You would have to believe that he could be signed for a reasonable deal, somewhere in the works of what the Chiefs gave Donnie Avery last season (3 years, $8.55 million) which wouldn’t kill their current cap situation either.

All of this of course is just one big “IF” at this point, as the Raiders are yet to make any decisions on Moore and likely won’t until later in the summer.

I’m just speculating on a possible situation that could help the Chiefs at a position of need not just now, but for the future as well. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing them make a move if he does become available. Andy Reid might be able to turn around his maturity, as he’s handled receivers with attitudes like Terrell Owens, and DeSean Jackson.

I think it would be a good move.

So I ask you, If Denarius Moore is available, could he be an option or does his “maturity” and “inconsistency” raise too many red flags?

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  • Leigh Oleszczak

    I wouldn’t really want him because like you said he’s unpredictable. He can be good one week and then suck the next. We need a solid number two (or even a number one receiver) and I don’t think Moore would be that for KC.

    • Reggie Flenory

      I think if they were gonna make a play for moore they should just sign kenny britt the former titan6 foot5 225 good hands and speed but the same maturity problems the other issue is that waitimg to lomg to get im into camp learnig the play book

    • Keaton Tyler Henry

      He wouldn’t be asked to be a #1 or #2. Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery are locks to be the starters again. The only way the Avery would be removed from the #2 spot, is if AJ Jenkins were to step up and beat him out in training camp. If the Chiefs added Denarius Moore, he would come in to compete for the slot position (and possibly the return game).

  • Stacy D. Smith

    If the Chiefs don’t trade for Moore, he won’t be coming to Kansas City. He has less than four years vested in the league so he’d have to clear waivers if he were cut. The Chiefs have such a low-priority on that list, there’s no way we’d get him. He’s too talented to fall that far.

    Moore played pretty good football in Oakland despite poor quarterback play. I’d take him in a HEARTBEAT.

    • Keaton Tyler Henry

      Most of the teams ahead of the Chiefs on the priority list, would not be in need of his services and/or don’t have the cap space to pick him up off of waivers. So, I see an opportunity for the Chiefs to pounce on him in waivers.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        He’s not going to command much money on the open market and of the 24 teams in front of us on the waiver list, I can think of 4-5 teams that might put in a claim for him.

        • Josh Michaels

          The Browns is the team I think he won’t slip past. But there’s still a possibility. Love your input, and enjoy your work with AA Stacy.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Thanks, Josh.

    • Kisersosay

      Really? IMO ….he is Donnie Avery. 53%(46 of 86) catch rate and 7% drop rate for Moore and 55%(40 of 72) catch rate and 6.9% catch rate for Avery. They are the same guy….speed guys that have trouble catching the ball. I say stick with Avery and get someone that improves the WR group.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Not sure why he need to be better than Avery. It’s not an either or proposition. Just adding him to the receiving corps improves this team. It’s having another capable wide receiver who can catch the football and help stretch the field.

        • Kisersosay

          OK add him as depth at a cheap price but we need a solid # 2 to step up or be added to the roster. I don’t see Moore as that. Too inconsistent but at the same time more of a known quantity than many on our roster.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I think he could be. He’s just three years into his NFL career. Most NFL receivers don’t even start turning the corner until their third season. I think he has room left to grow. Bring him in an let him compete.

          • Kisersosay

            Good point….OK I am in on the cheap….

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I don’t think he’d command much money anyway, but I’d totally be okay with him getting a one-year “prove it” deal.

  • Reggie Flenory

    I think if they were gonna make a play for moore they should just sign kenny britt the former titan6 foot5 225 good hands and speed but the same maturity problems the other issue is that waitimg to lomg to get im into camp learnig the paly book and the system

  • Keaton Tyler Henry

    I would give him a 1 year deal. He does have talent and the Chiefs have one of the best receivers coaches in the league. I see no reason to not give him a shot, because his ceiling is quite appealing.

  • Dustin McLaughlin

    Not sure how those stats equate to “a thorn in our side”… Averages out to less than 4 catches, .5 touchdowns and just over 50 yards per game…I don’t like Moore. Too inconsistent. He has speed, but thats really all he has going for him. I am willing to bet a better option will open up as cuts start this preseason.

  • Bob

    Good luck with this.