4 Chiefs WRs on Chopping Block After Mecole Hardman Signing

Mecole Hardman signed a one-year deal to return to the Chiefs
Mecole Hardman signed a one-year deal to return to the Chiefs / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Brett Veach, Andy Reid, and the rest of the Chiefs brass have interesting decisions ahead this summer at the wide receiver position. After re-signing Super Bowl hero Mecole Hardman to a one-year deal, Kansas City suddenly has a crowded room.

The Chiefs kept seven wideouts last year, though it's possible only six make it this time. At this point, I'd guess seven receivers are on the team given Rashee Rice's pending suspension but it's not set in stone.

Hollywood Brown, Xavier Worthy, Rice, Justin Watson, Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, Mecole Hardman, Nikko Remigio, Montrell Washington, Justyn Ross, and others are fighting for those precious few roster spots. With that in mind, let's go through four receivers on the chopping block following Hardman's contract.

4 Chiefs WRs on Chopping Block

1. Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney is perhaps the receiver most immediately impacted by Hardman's signing. They both play special teams and similar roles on offense, and Toney's future was already up in the air entering the last year of his rookie contract.

Even if the Chiefs do keep seven wideouts, Toney would be near the back end of that group. His position is not secure and it likely didn't help that he didn't show for optional OTAs. We'll see how he looks at mandatory minicamp June 11-13, though it's hard to imagine a big role for the former first-round pick in this offense.

That said, Brett Veach believes in his talent and Matt Nagy sang his praises earlier this week, so I think the Chiefs want Toney to make the roster. He had only 27 catches for 169 yards and one TD last season but is still dynamic with the ball in his hands and scares defenses.

While that clip was from Toney's pre-draft days, it perfectly summarizes his game. Toney runs a filthy route and creates separation only to drop the pass. Those kinds of plays have happened far too often with the Chiefs. We know the team has faith in Hardman in big moments, so it makes since to bring back a trusted veteran.

I do believe that Toney will still make the roster but his margin for error got much smaller. No one should be surprised if Toney winds up the odd man out after training camp.