The Kansas City Chiefs were said to be poking around the wide receiver market, perhaps signing a veteran as soon as this week. And now we have a name to go along with that: Donnie Avery. Per Adam Caplan, Avery is visiting Kansas City.
He's a former second round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2008. His career thus far has been highlighted by a few ups and downs. He lasted just a couple of seasons in St. Louis, before moving onto the Tennessee Titans for a season and then the Indianapolis Colts last season. He's a deep threat but he doesn't have the greatest hands, dropping balls at a high rate last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He's a role player but he's been productive in that role. His career best comes last season when he caught 60 balls for 781 yards, averaging over 13 yards per reception.
How much of an investment do you make at receiver before the new staff gets a chance to work with Jon Baldwin?
I have a different stance on the Chiefs receivers than a lot of folks. I haven't been listing receiver among my top needs because the Chiefs are in a tough spot at receiver. How much of an investment do you make at receiver before the new staff gets a chance to work with Jon Baldwin? What if it was just the Chiefs crappy offense that held him down the past couple of years? Baldwin has enough raw talent that Andy Reid and co. probably want a chance to work with him, thinking they can make him a productive receiver. If -- big IF -- the Chiefs can get something out of Baldwin, receiver becomes much less of a need. And right now they don't know about Baldwin. So I'm not sure how they should handle investing at receiver.
Donnie Avery caught 60 balls for 781 yards and 3 TDs with Colts in 2012. I think we'd all sign up for that production with the Chiefs.— Jason Madson (@Jason_Madson) March 13, 2013
Dang, those Chiefs done yet? RT @jasonlacanfora:Free agent WR Donnie Avery is visiting the KC Chiefs today— OneJetAtATime.com (@OneJetAtATime) March 13, 2013
Reviewing #Colts film notes today. It's important they re-sign Donnie Avery. He's a big part of their vertical pass designs.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) March 9, 2013
I don't worry too much about Donnie Avery's drops, that's often something that can be corrected. Injuries a bit more concerning...— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) March 9, 2013
On @nflnetwork's list of top remaining free agent WR's, No.'s 3, 4 and 5 are all (former) Rams - Amendola, Gibson and Donnie Avery.— Joe Baccamazzi (@Joe__Mazzi) March 12, 2013