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?
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.
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.
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?