In that disappointing home post-season loss, the Chiefs managed just nine catches by their entire group of receivers. True Quarterback Matt Cassel was under the gun thanks to the Ravens relentless pass rush. And with that heat in his kitchen, none of his receivers stepped up to help.
Last years All Pro Receiver Dwayne Bowe didn't have a single catch in the game. And for that reason alone, the Chiefs were wise to spend their 2011 first round draft pick on Pittsburgh Receiver Jonathan Baldwin.
But if the Chiefs offense is going to improve this season, against some of the NFL's top defensive teams, they need far more productivity from that position to match last years win total of ten.
Enter free agent Plaxico Burress.
The former New York Giant standout has been a hot topic this offseason. His recent incarceration after a 22-month stay at Oneida correctional facility appears to have changed Burress into a humble man.
After his self-imposed gunshot wound that led to his jail sentence, he was considered one of the most difficult players to coach in the NFL. But he was also one of the most talented.
So with his freedom in hand, a new attitude that has impressed many NFL general managers, Burress is about to land a new home. Per one NFL source, we've heard that the Chiefs may indeed be one of the teams that might try and sign him.
But if Kansas City is going to do just that, they're going to have a few other teams to contend with for Burress's services. Most notably the Houston Texans appear very interested in adding the premier wide receiver free agent in this year's class. Should that happen, Burress and Andre Johnson would make for a wicked receiving threat.
Now Kansas City and Houston aren't the only teams reportedly interested in Burress so are the Bears and Eagles. Chicago would seem to be a great fit for Burress. In January, the Bears lost to eventual Super Bowl Champion, the Green Bay Packers, in the NFC Championship game. And they could use another down the field threat for their embattled quarterback, Jay Cutler. The same can't be said for Philadelphia.
In fact, signing Burress, could be a risky proposition for the NFC East team. The Eagles organization already boasts one of the games most famous inmates, Quarterback Michael Vick. To add Burress, who is fresh off his prison confinement, might be a complicated disaster; should either man revert to their old selfish and destructive self-absorbed tendencies.
In Kansas City, Burress could get a fresh start. The Chiefs offense is going to change under the helm of Head Coach, Todd Haley. The plan in 2011 is to pass the ball more so the running game is even more effective. If that's the case Cassel, Bowe, Baldwin and Tight End Tony Moeaki, need more help.
Baldwin is an unknown. Bowe has never had solid back-to-back seasons and you just don't know if Moeaki is going to have a sophomore slump. Even further last years slot receiver, Dexter McCluster, didn't have the success many felt he would have his rookie season. So all of them have question marks.
That's why signing Burress could be an excellent bridge in the event any of those four players has an unproductive season for the Chiefs in 2011. Plus Burress is going to have a chip on his shoulder the size of the Grand Canyon that could go a long way to reclaiming his place in the NFL as one of the best at his position.
But more than that, he can be a good mentor to the Chiefs core of young receivers. He's learned so much after his prison stay and from all accounts his speech at the rookie symposium last month was a head turner.
So will the Chiefs take the risk?
And if they do, General Manager Scott Pioli by signing Burress could get a player who has the same impact on the Chiefs as Randy Moss did for the New England Patriots three years ago.
Can lightning strike twice for Pioli? There's only one way to find out.
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So should Pioli make a run for Plaxico?
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