Sunday, March 16, 2014
Chiefs back to square one at WR
By Adam Teicher
Crazy stuff from the NFL Network on how wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and his agent apparently stiffed the Kansas City Chiefs after initially agreeing to their contract offer. The report suggests Sanders' agent took the deal he received from the Chiefs and continued to ship it around, finally agreeing on an supposedly better deal from the Denver Broncos.
Whatever you think about the ethics of the situation, it's not prohibited under NFL rules. A deal isn't a deal until signatures have been put to a contract. Assuming Sanders signs with the Broncos, he's their player and will play against the Chiefs next season instead of for them.
An unusual situation but probably not unprecedented. Funny things happen sometimes. Some years ago, a prominent Chiefs player agreed to contract terms shortly before he was to become a free agent. But when he walked in to sign the contract, some of the terms weren't exactly what the sides has agreed upon. He of course refused to sign until the contract was fixed.
Regardless of how it happened with Sanders, the Chiefs are so far without a free agent wide receiver. In fact, their net is minus-one since Dexter McCluster signed with the Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs have indicated some interest in former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant. They have also explored signing former Chicago Bear Devin Hester, though it's unclear whether he's more than a kick return specialist at this point of his career.
The Chiefs did sign CFL veteran Weston Dressler, who will be given a chance to take McCluster's spot as the slot receiver. But the Chiefs gave him a minimum contract, indicating expectations for him aren't very high. There are also a few people in the Chiefs organization who believe he will have trouble making the leap to the NFL.
Even had they signed Sanders, the Chiefs might have drafted a receiver. Without him, that prospect looks more likely.