Much has been made of the Chiefs salary cap situation, instead of being over the cap the Chiefs are a cool ten million under the minimum. The ten million will have to be spent before the season starts leaving the Chiefs in a position to give extensions to young players or go out and add some more quality veterans like Mike Brown which surprisingly are still available.
The Chiefs weakest position on the field talent wise is receiver, only one player has star potential but he is not consistent enough to be the only option on the field (Dwayne Bowe).
The Chiefs are in desperate need of a receiver who can stretch the field, they signed Bobby Engram but at this stage in his career he is more of a possession receiver and does not scare anybody with his down field speed.
Hold over from last year Mark Bradley is basically the same player as Engram but a couple years younger and rookie Quentin Lawrence has speed to burn but most rookie receivers struggle to make a impact in their first season. Lawrence is not even a shoe in to make the team he will have to impress in training camp with his kick return skills to make the 53 man roster.
Enter Matt Jones former first round pick who spent his first four seasons in Jacksonville, Jones finally started to put it together last season and may have had a thousand yard season had a suspension not cost him three games.
Jones spent his college career at Arkansas playing QB but switched to receiver for the draft. At six foot six Jones is a rare physical specimen who can stretch the field with his 4.37 40 time. Exactly the player the Chiefs need a big speedy receiver who is just coming in to his prime and can draw defenders away from D- Bowe.
The reason Jones has not been signed yet has more to do with last years suspension rather than his talents and if anybody can take a risk on a talented but troubled receiver it’s Scott Pioli.
Remember Scott Pioli was the one who landed Randy Moss in New England for a fourth round pick when it looked like Randy had given up on football. This is the same situation but on a much smaller scale Jones is big and fast like Moss but has not shown or accomplished near as much in his career.
If Pioli does decide to bring in Jones it would immediately upgrade the Chiefs passing attack that will be very stale without a speed receiver in addition they would be getting a motivated receiver after years of hearing himself called a first round bust.
The Chiefs could sign Jones to a one year incentive laden deal that could get the Chiefs 20 or 30% to the minimum salary requirements. Jones is worth taking a flyer on even if it’s just for one season, the reward could out weigh the risk in spades for the Chiefs.