The Kansas City Chiefs continue to take in free agent visitors. Let’s see if they actually sign this one. It’s been reported by ESPN’s Adam Caplan that free agent TE Gavin Escobar is visiting the Chiefs today, one day after it was reported that free agent LB Rey Maualuga was visiting.
The Chiefs are likely to be without Kelce for much of the offseason as he underwetn offseason surgery. He’s expected to be back for camp, John Dorsey told the Star this week. That could be factoring into bringing in another tight end.
This Escobar guy looks like he has all the tools physically at 6’6 and 260 pounds but he doesn’t have much production. His best NFL season was his rookie year in 2013 - he was drafted one round ahead of Travis Kelce that year - with nine catches for 134 yards. Kelce had more yards than that in two December games last year alone so they made the right choice in that draft. Escobar had four catches last season.
I wouldn’t mind the Chiefs bringing in more tight end competition. Demetrius Harris played over 40 percent of the snaps last year as the No. 2 tight end so it’s not an insignificant role. The Chiefs third and fourth tight ends - James O’Shaughnessy and Ross Travis - combined for five catches last year. This would seemingly be competition for Harris, who got a contract extension last year (and a possession charge this year).
The Chiefs have had at least three other free agent visitors come to town and leave without a deal: LB Gerald Hodges, LB Rey Maualuga and G Andrew Tiller. Escobar makes it four.