Even though the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft has depth at the wide receiver position that could stretch four or five rounds, the Kansas City Chiefs still have a hole to fill at the wide receiver position.
With Jeremy Maclin in the fold, veteran Jason Avant, as well plus a pair of diaper dandies, Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas, there isn’t much else on the roster at the receiver position that convinces anyone this group could not use another proven commodity.
As off-season workouts begin on Monday for the Chiefs, Kansas City may not be done adding free agents before the draft. Among the notables, they kicked the tires on Center, Stefan Wisniewski, but he signed a perplexing 1-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.
One player they’ve kept a close eye on as they reshape their roster has been, Wide Receiver Greg Jennings. To date, Jennings has drawn interest and visited the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers to name a few.
In each instance, no team has been willing to pay his reported demands of a multi-year deal. Add that with rumblings on the street he won’t sign for less than $10 million overall, well you can all do the math.
The Minnesota Vikings released Jennings last month and there is no question he still has plenty of giddy up to play several more years in the NFL. However, like Wisniewski, who made even more visits before finding a home, a multi-year deal appears out of the question.
The decision at hand for Jennings is potentially troublesome. If he holds out past the NFL draft, he can expect a deal with little to zero signing bonus. If he signs before the draft, he might be able to squeeze out a few more guarantees and perhaps get a second year option at a number that might fit his talent.
General Manager, John Dorsey, knows Jennings very well from their days together in Green Bay. So it makes sense, he reached out to his camp shortly after the Vikings cut him.
The talks were cordial. It was clear on both ends of this negotiation that Kansas City certainly could use a veteran like Jennings to add depth as well as insurance for what should be a vastly improved offense in 2015. Dorsey made his pitch and so did numerous other NFL teams.
Don’t get me wrong I fully expect the Chiefs to draft a wide receiver in the second round but that doesn’t mean they should give up on signing Jennings this week.
What we saw in Kansas City last year at the wide receiver position was horrific. Forget the touchdown futility the Chiefs must have more downfield weapons to start the regular season. As the group stands now, it’s vastly better than a year ago.
Wilson and De’Anthony are a year older, Avant is a solid veteran and Maclin is a stud. So the question remains for the Chiefs, do they want to start Wilson or a rookie draft pick opposite their biggest free agent signee to date?
Honestly I’m on the fence. I can see both sides. Yet like I suggested the Chiefs add Wisniewski in favor of third year man Eric Kush at center, signing Jennings gives the Chiefs far more options with their ten draft selections. It also guarantees they’ll open the season with someone who would thrive within Andy Reid’s offense and play at a level that merits a legitimate starting tandem with Maclin.