The Kansas City Chiefs shocked their fan base by trading star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins after contract extension talks quickly fell apart. The Chiefs moved off one of Patrick Mahomes’ favorite passing game threats, leaving a gaping void to fill.
The trade saves the team roughly $18 million in salary-cap space, pushing the team’s financial flexibility up an estimated $26.2 million, which is the fourth-most in the league. With some more money to spend, here are four wide receivers the Chiefs could pursue to fill that massive passing game need.
The Russell Wilson trade changed the dynamic drastically in Seattle, placing legitimate question marks on Metcalf’s future.
The Seahawks aren’t openly shopping the Pro Bowl wideout, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them field offers. Metcalf recently took to Twitter to shoot down interest in joining the Chiefs, but that wouldn’t entirely deter the franchise from pursuing the 24-year-old.
The Ole Miss product is in the final year of his rookie deal, making roughly around $3.9 million. Meanwhile, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll recently voiced that the organization is prioritizing working out an extension with the star wideout. Metcalf is a game-changing talent as a deep-ball threat and significant red-zone factor.
The pairing with Mahomes would become one of the league’s most deadly quarterback-wide receiver combinations.
Since Jarvis Landry’s departure from the Cleveland Browns, the Pro Bowler remains without a new NFL home.
Although he’s struggled with nagging injuries over the last couple of seasons, he’s remained a highly reliable possession option in the intermediate-and-short passing situation. Landry has excelled as a deep-ball factor, which would be the case playing alongside Mahomes.
Landry isn’t the explosive speed factor that Hill is, but he can fill the gap by making catches across the middle of the field. He can also work effectively in the slot, where he and JuJu Smith-Schuster can switch off as primary options. Beyond that, he would come at a cheaper price tag that will fit well into the Chiefs’ budget.
Tennessee Titans’ surprising decision to release Julio Jones puts him in free agency for the first time.
With injuries ravaging him over the last couple of seasons, Jones hasn’t been able to stay on the field enough to produce at the elite level that has become expected. Instead, his health concerns have prompted doubt that he can recapture anywhere near the dominant form that made him arguably the game’s best wideout.
However, a fresh start with the Chiefs could get him back on track toward producing and performing as one of the best offensive talents. When healthy, Jones is a legitimate threat all over the field due to his size, speed, and catching ability. Although he hasn’t been a huge red zone factor in recent years, he certainly remains that due to his size and skillset.
Jones could step in as the Chiefs’ first or second receiving option next to Travis Kelce, which would keep the team among the league’s highest-producing offenses.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s path in free agency is a bit more complicated due to his second torn ACL.
There isn’t any doubt that the 29-year-old can return to form, but his availability for the 2022 campaign remains uncertain. He could return late in the regular season, around late November or early December. However, that is taking the optimistic approach with the nine-month mark for his recovery.
Beckham previously garnered had interest from the Chiefs in free agency after he parted ways with the Browns. He found his footing with the Los Angeles Rams, showcasing his game-changing talent.
In four playoff games, he had 21 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns. He likely wouldn’t be that caliber player when he initially returns, but he still can be a considerable factor.
Beckham likely isn’t high on the list of options, but he could become a prominent name the Chiefs target.