By now you've already read the news that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson has signed with a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus. After signing an initial three-years deal worth $1,540,000, Wilson is looking to cash in at least once in his NFL career, and he's certainly right to do so.
While Rosenhaus' representation will only mean good things for Wilson in the long-term, assuming he's able to maximize his client's open market value, it's also a very good thing for the Chiefs in 2016. The Chiefs are thin at wide receiver, and it's not uncommon to find a wideout mocked to the Chiefs in either the first or second round. Whether Corey Coleman or Josh Doctson falls to them in the first or they pick up a Leonte Carroo in the second (which is what Mel Kiper has in his most recent scenario), the consensus is that the Chiefs are needy at the position.
Jeremy Maclin sits atop the depth chart, but from there it's a crap shoot for the NFL's 30th ranked passing offense in 2015. But the Chiefs should expect serious growth moving forward. Chris Conley has a full year under his belt and was the team's most recent third-round investment. The Chiefs also signed former Oakland Raider Rod Streater to a cheap one-year deal that comes with a potential high reward if he can learn the system and stay healthy.
Wilson, however, is the real x-factor here, and even general manager John Dorsey seems excited about his development. During the NFL Combine, Dorsey was asked about Wilson and he spoke glowingly of his undrafted find.
"I think any time you can take a college free agent and he can develop into that number two receiver, which he kind of did last year, that's a tribute to Albert and his development," said Dorsey. "With that development, I can see him getting better. He wants to get himself better, and I'm very happy with where he is at this stage of football. He did very well in the '15 season, now we're moving on to the '16 season and it's time to develop even more now."
Given the timing of the new agent hire, that means Wilson is also thinking of this potential payday for the new season even begins. He knows this is a big year for him to breakout, and a contract season usually brings out the best in a player. If Wilson wasn't already motivated to develop and enhance his game, he's now got a professional shark in his ear educating him about the financial possibilities ahead.
Even if Wilson somehow becomes too expensive to keep for the long term, that's a problem for the future and it would come on the back of a solution in the short term. Wilson is clearly expecting to not only emerge as a No. 2 receiver for the Chiefs but to use that production to cash in. The Chiefs could also use it to cash in on a division title if receiver becomes an area of strength rather than weakness.