With fans clamoring for the Kansas City Chiefs to trade for an elite wide receiver, the team is instead trying to trade one of their own. Is this the right move for the Chiefs? After all, to date, the wide receiver room has struggled to make plays on the field.
On Monday afternoon, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN indicated that the Kansas City Chiefs were attempting to trade veteran Wide Reciever, Richie James. The former New York Giants standout injured his knee last month and was placed on the Chiefs injured reserve. He is eligible to return, but with the addition of Mecole Hardman, there does not appear to be room for James.
James had a strong preseason for the Chiefs. At one point, the thought was he could be the answer as a slot receiver. However, he injured his knee in the Jaguars game. Fortunately, the injury did not require surgery.
Now comes news the Chiefs appear to have given up James and are shopping his services to another NFL team. If he is dealt, it’s unlikely the Chiefs will get more than a sixth or seventh 2024 or 2025 draft pick for James.
I would think with the Chiefs receivers struggling much of the season that Kansas City should give Richie a chance to show what he can do in the offense. However, that sentiment doesn’t match with the decision-makers at One Arrowhead Drive.
The Chiefs have some draft capital over the next two years to make a big move. However, they have just over $3 million in cap space,so any move has to be calculated to fit both scenarios.
Stay tuned to Chiefs Blitz for all the Chiefs news prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline.