Kansas City Chiefs 2013 Off-Season: A Good Market for Wide Receivers

By Damon Salvadore
Denny Medley-US Presswire

The Kansas City Chiefs have a busy off-season ahead of them. They have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and they have many gaps to fill. One of those gaps that must get filled this off-season by the Chiefs is wide receiver.

It is still uncertain what will happen to star receiver Dwayne Bowe, who is an upcoming free agent himself.  If the Chiefs are able to keep the young star for a reasonable price, then so be it. But even with Bowe, the Chiefs still need receiving help. This past season the Chiefs ranked near the bottom in almost every receiving category. New Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is in a fortunate situation this off season with so many wide receivers available.

Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and Greenbay Packers star Greg Jennings lead the 2013 free agent wide receiver class.

Mike Wallace may have had a disappointing 2012 season, but don’t be fooled. He is still among the best deep threats in the NFL. He stretches the field like Randy Moss. Even when he doesn’t make a catch, he attracts a double team. The Steelers are currently $10.8 million over the salary cap. Greg Jennings has been outstanding since entering the league and he is only 29 years old. He helped the Packers win the Super Bowl with two critical touchdown catches in the big game. Cruz will be a  free agent, but it is very unlikely the Giants will let him go. But anything is possible.

And then there’s Wes Welker. Welker will be turning 32 next season and lacks big play ability. If the Chiefs can get him for the right price then he will work for a dink and dunk offense. He is a good safety blanket for quarterbacks under 10 yards. He can also return punts which is good, but again lets not get carried away, Welker posses no threat over 10 yards.

Other notable receiving targets becoming free agents this off-season include; Donald Driver, Braylon Edwards, Plaxico Burress, Brian Hartline, Donnie Avery, Randy Moss and tight end Dustin Keller.

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