I understand that the Seahawks were the only team specifically mentioned in Adam Schefter’s report the other day. Outside of Seattle it only referred to “other teams” potentially being interested in him, but none specifically.
Why is no one talking about the potential of AB ending up on the Chiefs, though? In my post about AB the other day, I didn’t mention him. As I was going through teams and trying to determine which ones might be interested in him, I dismissed the Chiefs out of hand under the assumption that they were already set at receiver.
But the more I thought of it, the more I realized it wasn’t exactly true.
It’s not like Kansas City is stacked at WR. Outside of Tyreek Hill they don’t have much, given that Sammy Watkins has a hamstring injury. Mecole Hardman and DeMarcus Robinson are both really fast and have home-run potential, but the Chiefs could definitely upgrade from them.
They already signed Lev Bell. Why not reunite him with AB and recreate that high-powered Pittsburgh offense from 2017? In signing L-Bell, the Chiefs showed that they are willing to take a risk on a guy who perhaps doesn’t have a great reputation.
Can you imagine Patrick Mahomes throwing to Antonio Brown? Mahomes might be the best deep-ball passer in league history. That connection would be ridiculous.
An offense with Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown would be unstoppable. They would be the KD Warriors of the NFL.
According to Over The Cap, the Chiefs still have about $5.7 million in salary cap space available, even after the LeVeon Bell signing. They only gave Bell a one year, $1 million deal, which is actually pro-rated to be about $690k based on the number of games left in the season.
The Chiefs can afford to sign Brown to the veteran minimum contract of $1.05 million That’s probably what Brown is in line for given the time he has missed and the risk of him going off the rails. But if there is somehow a bidding war between multiple teams in pursuit of AB, the Chiefs do have some cap space to go higher if need be.
In fact, they actually have more cap space than the Seahawks, who have about $3.7 million available at the moment.
I would not discount the possibility of Antonio Brown signing with the Chiefs. Andy Reid is not someone who will shy away from giving players with “character concerns” second chances. For goodness’ sake, are we forgetting that Andy Reid was the guy who signed Michael Vick after he got out of prison in 2009?
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying the Chiefs need AB. They can win the Super Bowl without him. He would be a luxury, not a necessity, in Kansas City–but at the same time I think he would be far less of a luxury in Kansas City than he would be in Seattle. In other words, while the Chiefs don’t “need” him by any means, he would definitely be a bigger upgrade to the Chiefs receiving corps. than he would be to Seattle’s.
Kansas City has the cap space, and the could definitely benefit from another quality receiver.
They have an elite QB, and they are Super Bowl contenders, so they should appeal to AB if he’s choosing between multiple offers.
I have no idea if the Chiefs are actually interested in AB. Again, the Seahawks were the only team mentioned in the Schefter report.
But I think it would be safe to assume the Chiefs are among the “other teams” that Schefter mentioned with interest in AB.