Chiefs Need to Go Out and Get WR Matt Jones

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.

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5 Responses to “Chiefs Need to Go Out and Get WR Matt Jones”

  1. Ben says:

    The big reason Jones hasn’t been signed yet is due to his ongoing substance abuse problems. No teams seem to be willing to spend money on a guy with a cocaine habit that hasn’t put up big numbers. I personally think Marvin Harrison is the smarter addition, but I agree that Bowe needs help at receiver if he’s ever going to be a legitimate threat.

  2. James says:

    Strongly disagree with the above post. How do we know Jones is a coke addict? He was caught with cocaine ONCE. He may have just tried it a few times. Back in the 70s and 80s a fairly large portion of Americans tried cocaine.

    Anyway, Matt Jones was on pace for 1,000 receiving yards last year before his suspension. With a QB who is good on the long ball (Gerrard was more of an intermediate, short throw and scrambling QB), Jones may push toward 1,400 yards with Matt Cassell at the helm. Jones has all the talent in the world and it was his first full HEALTHY season last year WITHOUT QB SWITCH.

    If teams are still interested in OLD Marvin Harrison who is possibly connected to a shooting and seemed to lack effort last year OR Pac Man…(Pac Man gets multiple chances- possibly yet another one when he is possibly connected to two shootings and has had multiple other offenses) why is no one interested in a guy who was caught with coke ONCE. His second “OFFENSE” was merely drinking a beer at a golf outing while on probation.

    What about Leonard Little or Donte Stallworth who killed people while driving drunk? They are still in the league. Teams have inquired about Plaxico- who put peoples lives in jeopardy with an unregistered semi automatic weapon at a club. Vick may get a second chance when he killed and tortured dogs.

    It is utter insanity that Jones isn’t getting a mere SECOND chance when he has no violent history and is a young player with vast potential.

    Chiefs go out and get Jones!

  3. John Brewer says:

    To say Matt Jones has a drug habit stretches longer than his legs. He IS NOT an addict. He was NEVER a regular user of cocaine or any other hard drug.
    After his stupid cocaine trip in a restaraunt parking lot, he took his legal medicine like a man.
    THEN he drank TWO BEERS on a golf course. TWO BEERS and that turned his world upside down. For God’s sake, by that criteria I have two beer problem.
    Jones has just three problems now.
    1. The Jaquars wanted a cheerleader instead of a great WR. He ain’t no cheerleader. He’s as laid back as a sloth on the bench. Always was, always will be.
    2. In spite of black Jaquar quartebacks preferring black rcievers, Matt was on the way to a 1000 yard season, when it hit the fan in Arkansas.
    #.Another problem is the dumb-asses that don’t know that youngsters have problems growing up. And believe me, Matt is still a youngster.
    When you have seen as many young skunks heads caught in yoplait yogurt cans, young possums caught in sewer pipe, fried squirrels on power lines, etc.,as I have, you begin to understand and tolerate.
    Tolerate and someone will be grandly rewarded. Not just in Heaven, but at the goal line.

    Yee who has without young, dumb, very stupid mistakes, step up to the WR job yourself.

  4. Jean Anne Shankle says:

    Benefit:risk ratio with Matt Jones is a no brainer…Being a former KC resident who loves our Chiefs, who is also an avid Razorback fan, this would be NFL nirvana for me.

  5. Alton Audie Ayer says:

    Dear Chiefs (coaches, GM, board of directors — you fill it in),
    Although I no longer live in the area, I have been a Chiefs fan since they first moved to KC. And although I can’t believe how far they’ve fallen since their glory days, they’re still my team, thick or thin.
    I’ve waited patiently for the light to come on upstairs at Chiefs’ HQ re Matt Jones. To no avail.
    Now, I see where my Chiefs’ve just signed a taxi squad receiver, for Pete’s sake. Meanwhile, Matt is being treated as if he’d killed the Pope. And for what? For being stupid. My gawd, Chiefs, we have convicted felons and violent offenders playing in the NFL, and you won’t give this guy a shot because he was caught ONCE with drugs? He’s a big kid!
    I STRONGLY agree with James, John and Jean Anne. Give the KID a chance! He’s a good person and one helluva football player.