Chiefs Sign Wide Receiver

The Kansas City Chiefs are signing Marquez Valdes-Scantling to a three-year, $30 million deal, as first reported by Adam Schefter. This deal comes just a day after the Chiefs made one of the biggest off-season moves this year, trading all-pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins in return for five draft picks.

Hidden behind the noise of the Hill trade, Valdes-Scantling visited with the Chiefs yesterday, and they were rumored to be "50-50" on signing the receiver, before pulling the trigger today.

Now entering his 5th year in the league, Valdes-Scantling is coming off an injury-plagued season that resulted in him playing only 11 games with the Green Bay Packers. In his time with the Packers, he was still able to put up respectable numbers as the third option in a loaded offence, snagging 9 touchdowns and over 1,000 receiving yards over the course of his last two seasons. 

There is no question replacing Tyreek Hill is an almost impossible task given his incredible speed and route running abilities, but Valdes-Scantling will provide the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes with another deep threat. Last season alone, Valdes-Scantling was ranked 19th in deep targets, and has had historically high yards-per-reception numbers during his time in both college and the NFL.

It will be very interesting to see how the Chiefs offence will operate following the departure of Hill, but it appears they are doing their best to fill the void. In addition to signing Valdes-Scantling, Kansas City also signed former Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster to a one-year deal last week. 

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