Chiefs Linked to Big-Name Wide Receiver Ahead of Free Agency

Darnell Mooney could be the perfect replacement for Marquez Valdes-Scantling this offseason.

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After shockingly releasing Marquez Valdes-Scantling on Wednesday, the back-to-back Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are looking to upgrade the receiver room.

This past season, the Chiefs got outstanding production from rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice, who had 79 receptions (102 targets) for 938 yards and seven touchdowns. However, KC needs another reliable receiver, preferably someone who can stretch the field.

The Chiefs can fill that need in the 2024 NFL Draft, as it's a loaded wide receiver class, or they can find someone in free agency. If Kansas City goes with the latter option, there’s a wideout who should be on their radar.

Chiefs Rumors: Darnell Mooney Could Garner Interest From Kansas City

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler wrote Sunday that the Chiefs or Tennessee Titans could be players for veteran wide receiver Darnell Mooney. It isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Kansas City connected to Mooney.

The Chicago Tribune’s Dan Wiederer reported Friday that “there’s a small buzz” on Mooney possibly having a bounce-back 2024 season at a “great value price”, and multiple people have suggested Kansas City.

The 26-year-old wide receiver had a down 2023 season, producing 31 receptions (61 targets) for 414 yards and a touchdown. The veteran receiver has failed to crack at least 500 yards in his last two seasons after going for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns in 2021.

Mooney would be a perfect buy-low candidate for the Chiefs as he could fill the void left by Valdes-Scantling. Spotrac projects the former Tulane standout’s calculated market value as a four-year, $41 million deal this offseason.

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