Alshon Jeffery is a free agent, but he’s not one that the KC Chiefs should take a chance on.
You know the drill, Chiefs fans. Any time a player gets released or is on the trade block, we have to discuss if the Kansas City Chiefs would be a fit for said player. The latest player for us to discuss is former Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who was released by Philadelphia earlier this week.
Jeffery — a second-round pick by the Bears out of South Carolina in the 2012 NFL Draft — spent five years in Chicago and the next four with the Eagles. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy the past few years, appearing in just 17 games in the last two years.
It’s because of his inability to stay on the field and his declining production that the Chiefs should steer clear of Jeffery. Last year he appeared in seven games and caught just six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2014 when he was still a member of the Bears.
Alshon Jeffery is not someone that the KC Chiefs need to invest in.
I know the Chiefs need wide receivers this offseason, but what would the point be in signing a 31-year-old oft-injured receiver to replace essentially the same player in Sammy Watkins? That makes no sense for this team.
With eight picks in the draft, the Chiefs can land at least one star wide receiver — maybe even two — and will spend a lot less money than they would on Jeffery. The Chiefs still have Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill on their receiving corps and they can give Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle expanded roles along with adding another receiver. That’d keep them as an explosive offense for 2021 and the foreseeable future.
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I get the appeal with Jeffery, as when he’s healthy, he’s a reliable receiver. The problem is that he’s proven in recent years that he can’t stay healthy and — as I said above — he hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since his third year in the league.
There’s no reason for the Kansas City Chiefs to bring in Alshon Jeffery unless they’re really desperate to find another wide receiver, but that won’t be the case. Receivers want to play with Patrick Mahomes and that’ll get them a more talented and healthier option than Alshon Jeffery.
What do you think, Chiefs Kingdom? Would you want the team to sign Jeffery or do you agree with me that they should pass on the former Eagle?