The Kansas City Chiefs traded star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins last week for five draft picks, including a 2022 first-rounder. While Kansas City’s offense is worse off without him, it may have been the right decision considering he was looking for a new deal that would make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.
The Chiefs now need to add another dynamic playmaker out wide for Patrick Mahomes to utilize, and that addition could come via trade. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the Chiefs are actively making phone calls trying to acquire another top wide receiver (H/T Devon Clements of Heavy.com).
The Chiefs added JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency and signed speedster Marquez Valdes-Scantling after Hill’s departure, plus the Chiefs now have 12 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft — including two first-rounders. With how talented this wide receiver class appears to be, you would think Kansas City would just eye multiple additions through the draft. While it may do that, the Chiefs are reportedly considering all avenues that will help this franchise keep hold of the AFC West.
Below, we will break down four candidates who could be on the Chiefs’ radar.
Metcalf is set to enter the final year of his current deal, and with how booming the wide receivers market has been this offseason, maybe he could be the next star Seahawk to leave Seattle. He’s a big, physical target with the potential to be one of the top receivers in the NFL. Metcalf caught 75 passes for 967 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns in 2021 despite not having Russell Wilson for three games.
The Seahawks are poised to enter a rebuild, so why not pick up the phone and at least see what his going rate would be?
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
The casual NFL fan probably hasn’t heard Parker’s name in a while. In 2021, he caught 40 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns, but is just two years removed from a 1,202-yard, nine-touchdown campaign. Miami added Ced Wilson, Hill and have second-year wideout Jaylen Waddle, so Parker appears to be a natural trade candidate. He has plenty of starting experience, and would likely benefit from a change of scenery.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said Monday that Miami has received calls about Parker, but that he expects him to be with the team in 2022, per Adam Beasley of Pro Football Network. However, Grier did say he will continue to listen to offers. Parker turned 29 in January and has two years remaining on his contract. Per Spotrac, he has a base salary of $5.65 million for this upcoming season.
The Jaguars are once again working in a new head coach, preparing to kick off the NFL draft with the top pick, and have once again spent big in free agency. Jacksonville went out and signed Christian Kirk and Zay Jones to big deals to pair alongside Marvin Jones out wide. ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reported weeks ago that “the buzz” was Shenault is a player the Jags are looking to move. I’m sure that hasn’t changed.
Shenault has caught 121 passes for 1,219 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons, but is seen as an intriguing weapon who can wear many hats on offense. Hill certainly did that for the Chiefs, serving as a player who could make things happen after catching a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage, while also serving as the Chiefs’ most effective deep threat. Shenault doesn’t have that same level of versatility, but the 23-year-old could really break out in Andy Reid’s offense.
Cooks has already been traded 39 times in his career, so why should we not expect him to be dealt again. No matter where he’s played, Cooks has been extremely effective. In eight seasons, he’s had six 1,000-yard campaigns — including in 2021, when he caught a career-high 90 passes for 1,037 yards and six touchdowns.
Cooks won’t come cheap, however, as he’s set to enter the final year of a five-year deal he signed back with the Los Angeles Rams. According to Spotrac, his yearly cash is $13.7 million in 2022. Still, Cooks is a legitimate starting wide receiver who would improve any contender.