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Perfect Wide Receiver Upgrade Now Available for the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs should consider acquiring the Pro Bowl wide receiver who just hit the trade block.

Kirby Leei-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs will almost certainly make additions to their wide receiver corps this offseason. Whether through the draft, free agency, or a trade, there will be new weapons for Patrick Mahomes in the Chiefs' pursuit of a third straight Super Bowl win.

Fortunately for the Chiefs, not only will they have plenty of options available to them on the market, but also a new ideal candidate just became available.

Trade Candidate Diontae Johnson Is the Perfect Chiefs Target

The Athletic's Dianna Russini reported on Saturday that the Pittsburgh Steelers have made their Pro Bowl wide receiver Diontae Johnson available in trade talks. The 27-year-old will surely attract plenty of interest around the league and he should be at the top of the list for Brett Veach as well.

Johnson is entering the final season of his contract and the Steelers are looking to get something for him now instead of losing him in free agency next season. It will require at least a third-round pick, and potentially more, for the Steelers to part ways with their talented wideout.

The former Toledo standout had signed a contract extension with Pittsburgh after his breakout 2021 campaign, where he had 107 receptions, 1,161 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns. He wasn't able to match that production in the succeeding seasons, and he dealt with a hamstring injury last year that kept him out for four games.

It's important to note, however, that Johnson had Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky as his quarterbacks and was part of dysfunctional offenses with offensive coordinator Matt Canada as the play-caller. He will almost certainly look better in a Chiefs uniform.

Plus, he would immediately be an upgrade over the Chiefs' options at wide receiver, except for Rashee Rice. It's hard to imagine Kansas City doing much better than Johnson in free agency or the draft, so he is certainly worth bringing in.

Regardless of which wide receiver the Chiefs end up acquiring, they will begin the 2024-25 season as one of the favorites to win it all. In fact, at +650, they have the second-best odds in the NFL to win the Super Bowl next year.

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