Outside Help for Chiefs?

In 2000, Peter Warrick was a top wide receiver prospect in the upcoming draft. In 2002, Peerless Price was a top wide receiver prospect in free agency. Today, in 2005, they are both available, having been cut in the first official cut down of this year's drive towards the NFL's final rosters of 53.

For the Chiefs and their fans, the question that must be asked is whether either of these players would be good fit for the Chiefs offense and, more importantly, better than the wide receivers currently on the roster.

Warrick came out of Florida State University full of potential and was drafted with the fourth selection of the 2000 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. After five NFL seasons, he has yet to live up to that potential or that draft position. Warrick has never had more than 820 yards receiving. His best year was 2003 when he amassed 819 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

If Warrick has fully recovered from a knee injury that prematurely ended his 2004 season, he has the quickness and speed the Chiefs covet in their wide receivers. On November 16, 2003, the Chiefs got an up close view of Warrick's skills. In that game, Warrick had six receptions for 114 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown reception.

Peerless Price enjoyed a career year in 2002 with the Buffalo Bills when he had 94 receptions for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns. He parlayed that season into a seven-year contract worth $37 million with a $10 million signing bonus with the Atlanta Falcons. However, since signing that contract Price has been a disappointed in Atlanta. His best season entailed 840 receiving yards and just three touchdowns.

Clearly, both of these receivers have failed to live up to the potential many thought they possessed. Could a season in Kansas City bring about a reclamation to either of their careers? It happened for Eddie Kennison in 2004. Kennison's career was basically mediocre until he broke out with 62 receptions for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns last year.

However, that was Kennison's fourth season in Kansas City. The Chiefs offense has proven to be difficult for wide receivers to pick up quickly. Perhaps if Warrick or Price had been available at the time the Chiefs signed Freddie Mitchell, they may have been a good signing for the Chiefs. However, at this late date it is debatable whether they will have a large enough impact to warrant giving them a roster spot. Neither has played in this offense before, and it is unlikely that the Chiefs would give them more than a one-year contract.

Kennison, Sammie Parker, Marc Boerigter, Dante Hall, Chris Horn and even Mitchell all already know the offense. The Chiefs need a veteran presence outside of Kennison, but that would more than likely fall to Mitchell if he can make a strong showing this week.

The Chiefs offense could probably resurrect the career of Warrick or Price, but the timing would likely work against them.

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