Patrick Mahomes ‘expressed his desire’ for Chiefs to sign veteran WR: report


Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

In general, the Kansas City Chiefs offense was very productive funneling the ball to wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. However, the 2021 season has shown the Chiefs need a reliable third wide receiver on their offense to produce at an elite level going forward.

Third-year wide receiver Byron Pringle had a career year last season, as he set career highs in targets (60), catches (42), yards (568) and touchdowns (5 ), by Professional Football Reference. However, Pringle and fellow wide receiver Demarcus Robinson are pending free agents, with the former set to earn a salary that may be too big for Kansas City to match given his modest level of production with the Chiefs.

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Mecole Hardman — a receiver the Chiefs passed on to a second-round pick in 2019 — also set career highs in targets (83), catches (59) and yards (693), according to Professional Football Reference. Despite the career year Hardman doesn’t appear to be the explosive third option in the passing game, quarterback Patrick Mahomes needs to provide consistency in Kansas City’s passing game.

Veteran wide Josh Gordon was signed with hopes that he would be the answer to Kansas City’s problems with Tyreek Hill. However, his impact was minimal in his first season with the Chiefs (five catches, 32 yards). Gordon, 30, doesn’t look like the same All-Pro player he once was with the Cleveland Browns.

So bringing in a No. 2 receiver who can consistently threaten defenses against Hill is one of Kansas City’s top priorities this offseason.

That’s why Mahomes “expressed his desire” to the Chiefs to bring in a veteran passer this offseason.

Report: Mahomes wants Chiefs to sign veteran WR

Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network shared on March 2 what he hears regarding the position Mahomes wants Kansas City to take on this offseason.

“The Chiefs enter the offseason with a need at WR, and word is that Patrick Mahomes has expressed his desire for the team to sign a veteran free agent receiver rather than acquire one via the draft. Consider it just another off-season expense,” Pauline wrote.

Potential free agent WR targets for KC

Here are some of the wide receivers set to test free agency this offseason that Kansas City might be interested in: Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin, Davante Adams, Will Fuller, Juju Smith-Schuster, Mike Williams and Odell Beckham Jr.

Kansas City was one of the few teams in Beckham’s draw when he was released by the Cleveland Browns in November, at which point the Chiefs offered Beckham a contract, albeit a minimal one, according to freelance journalist Dov Kleiman.

Smith-Schuster turned down a bigger contract from Kansas City to join the Pittsburgh Steelers last offseason, according to NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti. But after a lackluster 2021 season with the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network said in February that Smith-Schuster “hopes” to join the Chiefs this offseason.

While Beckham and Smith-Schuster appear to be the two most likely candidates to join Kansas City this offseason, one of the aforementioned wide receivers would be a welcome addition to the Chiefs’ receiver room. However, price will ultimately determine which team up on the Kansas City offense.


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