Chiefs' Chances to Acquire Former First-Round WR Take Huge Hit

Treylon Burks averaged 13.8 yards per catch in 2023
Treylon Burks averaged 13.8 yards per catch in 2023 / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA

One potential wide receiver the Chiefs could acquire, the Titans' Treylon Burks, may not be on the move after all following recent reports.

The former first-round pick was thought to be available via trade given Tennessee's offseason acquisitions, but it sounds like the organization wants to keep the promising wideout.

For a Chiefs team in need of Rashee Rice insurance, this is an unfortunate development, though the Titans might just be trying to build Burks' value.

Titans Claim WR Treylon Burks is Not Available

I don't quite believe Callahan here. The Titans just signed Tyler Boyd and already have DeAndre Hopkins and Calvin Ridley, making it unlikely that Burks can find targets in this offense. If he's the fourth receiver at best, why not trade him to recoup some value?

Given the uncertainty around Rice's situation, Burks makes a lot of sense in Kansas City as a power slot. At 6'2" and 225 LBs, he's got the prerequisite size and ability to make contested catches to provide value with Patrick Mahomes.

He was a first-round pick for a reason just two years ago and I'm still optimistic about his long-term outlook. It sounds like Callahan is too, though Tennessee's actions speak differently.

The wide receiver free agency market is quickly dwindling and Brett Veach's best option may be the trade market. If that's the case, I think Burks represents the best option. He has the pedigree and should be available despite what Callahan says. The Chiefs could theoretically get Burks for a mid-to-late round draft pick and I'd make that deal if I were Veach.

Entering the season with a possible Rice suspension complicates things for Kansas City and reduces their leverage. Perhaps Callahan is playing the sitaution to his advantage, but I'm hopeful there's still a deal to be made.

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