4 Free-Agent Wide Receivers That the Kansas City Chiefs Should Avoid

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2014

4 Free-Agent Wide Receivers That the Kansas City Chiefs Should Avoid

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    A top position that the Kansas City Chiefs need to address this offseason is wide receiver.

    This could bode well for the Chiefs, considering that many free-agent and rookie wideouts will be available over the next couple of months.

    With the high quantity of pass-catchers to choose from, the Chiefs need to be wary of whom they should and shouldn't sign.

    Here are four free-agent receivers that Kansas City should not sign this year.

WR Hakeem Nicks

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    Nicks has produced two seasons of more than 1,000 receiving yards for the New York Giants in his five-year NFL career.

    That kind of production would be nice to have at the wide receiver position for Andy Reid's offense. However, he is a big risk due to his injury history and inconsistent play on the field in 2013.

    The Chiefs should stay far away from him. They should opt for one of the many other free-agent wideouts in this year's class who could be had at a much more reasonable price. 

WR Sidney Rice

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    Similar to fellow free agent Hakeem Nicks, Rice has had success as a receiver in this league in the past.

    Also like Nicks, the ex-Minnesota Viking has had his share of injury issues over the years. In fact, he has only played in all 16 games one time since the 2009 NFL regular season.

    This is hardly the durability that Kansas City is looking for at this position, especially when the team needs to depend on someone who can start and play each week, as the wide receiving corps battled some injuries of its own last season.

    For this reason, Kansas City has no business trying to land Rice as a free agent this year.

WR Kenny Britt

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    Kenny Britt was once viewed as a top-flight receiver in this league.

    Unfortunately for him, he has never lived up to the hype that came with his first-round draft status with the Tennessee Titans.

    The former Rutgers star has yet to break 800 receiving yards in a season. Last year, he had his worst season as a professional from a production standpoint, racking up just 96 yards for the entire campaign.

    Kansas City should have no interest in this draft bust. 

WR Jason Avant

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    Some might see it as a bit of a surprise to see longtime Philadelphia Eagle Jason Avant on this list.

    Sure, he has the connection with Andy Reid from his days in Philly, but he doesn't have it anymore.

    He finished last season with just 38 grabs for 447 yards, which were the lowest totals for both categories since the 2008 season.

    He will also be 31 by the time next season begins. This Chiefs offense needs more speed at the position, which means he is not a good fit.