First, the Chiefs missed out on Emmanuel Sanders after it appeared that they had a contract in place with the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. Next, it appeared that the Chiefs could be a good landing spot for DeSean Jackson after he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, neither will happen.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs are no longer in the running for DeSean Jackson. This comes just two weeks after Sanders spurned the Chiefs to sign with the Denver Broncos.
So, what’s next? Will the Chiefs look at other free agent wide receivers? Will they turn to the draft? What can the Chiefs do to upgrade their wide receiving corps?
The best free agent wide receivers remaining on the market are Sidney Rice, Kenny Britt, Santonio Holmes, Danario Alexander and Jason Avant. The primary concern for the remaining targets is injury-related. Each and every one of them have major concerns with health and that scares potential suiters, including the Chiefs. Also, most of these players will still be around after the draft, so there is very little incentive for the Chiefs to sign a guy that they could just as easily wait to pay until after they see how the draft falls. That takes us to the most likely destination for the Chiefs to find their number two wide receiver: the draft.
There is little to no chance that Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans are available when the Chiefs pick at number 23, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be talent available. This is one of the deepest drafts when it comes to wide receivers that we’ve seen in quite some time. Depending on what draft service you follow, there are five to 10 different wide receivers that could go in the first round. There is some serious talent at the position.
The Chiefs will have the chance to take their pick of the litter outside of the top two or three receivers. Is this the right call? That remains to be seen, but it’s the most likely scenario now that it’s been reported that the Chiefs are out of the running for Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.