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Two Pro Bowl Wide Receivers To Boost The Chiefs’ Offense

With the draft over with, the free-agent market growing thin, and training camp fast approaching, the Chiefs could still make some moves. They made huge additions by drafting Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis. However, they lost big names like Tyrann Mathieu and Melvin Ingram in the process.

Although the defense was the main focus of that draft, the offense could still build. That being said, there are still a few high-value free agents that could boost this Chiefs offense, including a couple of former Pro Bowlers. Here are three remaining free agents that could help the Chiefs on offense:

The Julio Jones project did not last long in Tennessee. He ran into more health problems last season. Additional previous health issues were a driving factor that led to a departure from Atlanta. The veteran wideout finished with 31 receptions for 434 yards and one touchdown in 2021. The seven-time Pro Bowler is now in search of a new home. Why not Kansas City?

However, the Chiefs have a full wide receiver room. Mecole Hardman returns for next season, paired with new additions Marquez Valdez-Scantling, JuJu Smith Schuster, and second-round pick Skyy Moore. The Chiefs also added another quality undrafted free agent in former Clemson receiver, Justyn Ross. So why on earth would Julio make any sense? Well, if Julio is past caring about the size of the checks he gets, then maybe a “win now” situation would work better. He’s never won a Super Bowl in his illustrious career.

Jones would bring a veteran presence that none of the current receivers on the roster possess. This receiver room is a young group and Jones could help out. While he might not be the dominant receiver he used to be, Jones can still produce. His health is obviously the main concern but maybe another fresh start with one of the NFL’s most successful offenses would motivate him. I’m not saying he would be his former self, but rather a veteran receiver focused on winning and teaching the younger players how to succeed at the position.

Will Fuller is in search of a new team after the Dolphins chose to not bring him back. Fuller only played in two games in 2021 so it would be a gamble to bring him in. Fuller’s best NFL season was his final season in Houston in 2020. That season saw him finish with 879 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. This would definitely be a one-year “prove it” deal if the Chiefs were to sign him.

Again, this Chiefs offense has receivers but none of them have been accustomed to being the top receiving target on their offense. Sure, it may be easier with Patrick Mahomes throwing them the ball but the proven experience is not there. While Will Fuller shared a spotlight with DeAndre Hopkins in Houston, he still played well. Maybe Fuller can be another veteran presence who can mentor and guide guys like Skyy Moore and Justyn Ross. Fuller would then be in the mix for touches with Valdez-Scantling, JuJu, Hardman, and Travis Kelce. Depth is a premium in the NFL and adding another WR provides that for the Chiefs.

The final offensive free agent is yet another wide receiver. Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a torn ACL in last year’s Super Bowl. After winning his first Super Bowl, he might be signing with a new team. In his lone year with the Rams (through just seven starts), he accumulated 537 receiving yards and five touchdowns including a touchdown catch in the Super Bowl. Overall, OBJ just needs the right system to flourish. Having a quarterback that can see the whole field will help him, as we saw with Matt Stafford. Results with Patrick Mahomes would be even better.

He would likely bring a hefty price tag as he is valued right now to make $26 million over two years, according to Spotrac. It’s possible Beckham would take a pay cut to join another “win now” situation much as he did with the Rams. If the Chiefs are still looking to buff up the offense, Beckham is the best choice here. He should return from injury ready to play and compete. The Chiefs need a proven leader in that wide receiver room.

It’s possible Beckham would only be around for one year and then move on to a bigger contract elsewhere but it could be worth it. He is a reliable mid-range receiver that would relieve pressure on Kelce and open the field for the other receivers. This offense will be good without him but adding Beckham would put the Chiefs back on the stage holding another Lombardi trophy next February.

Which remaining free agent should the Chiefs target in Free Agency? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.

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