After recent interviews with both John Dorsey and Andy Reid, Peter King of MMQB.com claims the Kansas City Chiefs are shopping a kicker and tight end for a late-round draft pick. There has been no indication of which players specifically.
Trading a kicker makes perfect sense. Veteran Ryan Succop and rookie Cairo Santos have a neck-and-neck position battle going on in training camp. If Kansas City can get anything for either one of them, it will help the front office make a tough decision. On the other hand, sending off one of their tight ends is a questionable move.
The Chiefs are coming off a season in which injuries ravaged the position. Travis Kelce and Tony Moeaki sat out the entire year with injuries, and Anthony Fasano also missed significant time. Sean McGrath, a player Kansas City picked up after the Seattle Seahawks cut him in the preseason, ended up being the team’s top producer at tight end.
The Chiefs are anything but stable at the position. Let’s go down the depth chart.
Fasano is the only proven player at the position. You have to go down to No. 4 on the depth chart to find another player who has made a catch in an NFL game. It makes no sense to trade him.
Kelce has shown incredible potential, both as a pass-catcher and blocker. Furthermore, Kansas City spent a third-round pick on him in 2013, and would probably like to get some return on investment before shipping him away.
Demetrius Harris is a basketball player making the conversion to football. The developmental prospect has also shown a lot of potential, but his immediate value to a trade suitor in need of a tight end is very small.
That leaves Richard Gordon. The former Oakland Raider is entering his fourth season, and he’s spent most of his career jumping from practice squad to reserve. He also has little value to a team in need at tight end, but in a package with Succop there’s an outside chance a team would be willing to give up a seventh-round pick.
Tight end is supposed to be an area in which the Chiefs improve this season. Kansas City is injury prone and unproven at position. Dropping any player after the injury fiasco last season is a risk that isn’t worth the small return of a late draft pick.