Buffalo Bills Sign Former Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling

The Buffalo Bills are adding a two-time Super Bowl champion to their wide receiver corps. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bills have signed former Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to a one-year deal worth up to $4.5 million. Valdes-Scantling has had a charmed life as far as quarterbacks go, beginning his career as a fifth-round pick of Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers in 2018 before joining Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs on a three-year, $30 million deal ahead of the 2022 season. Now, he'll have a chance to catch passes from two-time Pro Bowler Josh Allen.

Despite a pair of Super Bowl wins, Valdes-Scantling was ultimately a disappointment in Kansas City.  2023 was a particularly tough year: he set career lows in receiving yards (315), touchdowns (1), and yards per target (7.5) over 16 appearances, and the Chiefs offense stumbled to a mediocre 21.8 points per game (15th in the league). The Chiefs released him earlier this offseason, sparing themselves $12 million on their 2024 salary cap.

Still, Valdes-Scantling has spent most of his career as a complementary deep threat, and he should still be capable of drawing attention away from his fellow pass catchers. He still has length (6'4") and speed (4.37 40-yard dash) to spare, and that can create opportunities for players like tight end Dalton Kincaid and wide receiver Curtis Samuel in the short area.

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