Inside Skinny: Chiefs Could Pursue Receiver

While the Chiefs offseason priority for a second straight year remains improving their sorry defense, upgrading the league's top-scoring offense will never be ignored as long as Dick Vermeil is a head coach.

The Chiefs return a lot of powerful offensive weapons in Pro Bowl players like Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez and Trent Green playing behind one of the league's best offensive lines.

An area of concern, however, is at wide receiver where Kansas City is just OK on a good day.

Veterans Eddie Kennison and Johnnie Morton are adequate starters, but are basically No. 2 receivers. Neither strikes fear in the heart of opposing defenders.

Morton, in particular, dropped way too many passes last season -- two in the Indianapolis playoff loss alone -- and consequently is a prime candidate for contract restructuring before his third season in Kansas City.

Only the Detroit Lions dropped more passes than the Chiefs did in 2003. Look for Kansas City to try to land an impact receiver sometime during the offseason.

A draft that could be heavy with receiving prospects is the most likely place to look as the Chiefs will have little cap room to shop on the free-agent market.

Landing a top cover corner will be another top draft priority, and new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will make his booming voice heard on draft day.

Still, given Vermeil's roots as an offensive coach, it wouldn't be out of line to see the Chiefs grab an impact receiver if available with their 30th pick in the first round. Top Stories