We've spent our time talking about the wide receivers who are set to be free agents on March 10. But what about those receivers who are cap casualties getting cut by their teams before that? We saw a few receivers come available on Friday, including Brian Hartline (cut by the Miami Dolphins) and Harry Douglas (cut by the Atlanta Falcons).
Hartline has some intrigue to him. He had a bad 2014 year statistically with just 474 yards in 16 games with the Dolphins. But the two seasons prior to that he was over 1,000 yards. At 28 years old, is he trending up or down? He's only a complementary receiver at this point but with the Chiefs receiver situation that's already an upgrade. What makes Hartline fit in Kansas City really well is that he already doesn't score many touchdowns so there's that.
Amazing how quickly players go from overrated to underrated. Jeff Ireland badly overpaid him, but Brian Hartline can definitely help a team.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 28, 2015
Douglas is 30 years old moving on from the Falcons after six years. He had just 556 yards receiving last season but in 2013 he was over 1,000 yards. 30 is usually the age in the NFL where you start to worry about declining production but perhaps he's worth a look-see. 1,600 yards in the last two seasons is better than anything the Chiefs have.
The problem with evaluating some of the free agent receivers is that so many of them would be an upgrade based on the miserable statistical season the Chiefs receivers had last year. It's also hard to evaluate how the Chiefs would use them since Alex Smith doesn't seem to push the ball down the field outside the numbers as often as other quarterbacks. So if you're not throwing to receivers a lot ... how big of a priority can it be? It's another fascinating part of what's turning into a fascinating offseason for the Chiefs full of options.