The Kansas City Chiefs have used the original round tender on restricted free agent Albert Wilson. This locks up the Chiefs receiver on a one-year deal.
We knew not to expect much in the way of big news from the Kansas City Chiefs, but there have been some housekeeping notes. Among those is the use of the original round tender on restricted free agent (RFA) Albert Wilson. This keeps the young wide receiver in Kansas City for the 2017 season on a roughly $1.8 million deal.
This isn’t a glamorous move by any means, but it does bring some continuity and stability to the wide receiver group. That is a position that has seen a lot of turnover in the past few seasons. Giving Alex Smith the same group of weapons in consecutive years should help the offense continue to develop.
Some fans will try to shoot this move down, but I like it. If Albert Wilson is the worst wide receiver on your roster, you’re not doing too bad for yourself. Wilson isn’t a world beater, but he has come through with some big plays for the Chiefs over the past couple of years. That carries a good bit of value for the offense.
With the Chiefs using a tender on Wilson, he is able to negotiate with other teams about a long-term deal. I doubt he will get a lot of suitors there, but if he does, KC will have the option of matching any deal that comes in. The only downside is that if Wilson gets an offer the Chiefs can’t or won’t match, they get no draft compensation in return.
It might just be a minor piece of housekeeping, but the Kansas City Chiefs are doing whatever they can to keep their 12-4 roster in one piece. So far, the team has done a pretty outstanding job at that. John Dorsey should be commended on making the necessary moves…even if they aren’t all flashy.