KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to help replace the late Tyreek Hill, an Associated Press told Thursday. person familiar with the contract.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical examination.
The move came a day after the Chiefs traded Hill, a three-time All-Pro and one of the league’s most dangerous threats, to the Dolphins for a set of five draft picks. It also comes less than a week after the Chiefs landed JuJu Smith-Schuster on a club-friendly one-year deal in hopes he will recover from a shoulder injury.
Valdes-Scantling was a fifth-round pick for the Packers in the 2018 draft, quickly becoming a useful option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the passing game. He caught 123 passes for 2,153 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first four seasons in the league, appearing in all 16 games the first three before a hamstring injury hampered him last season. He played in 11 games and caught 26 passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns.
Earlier today, the Chiefs announced the signing of wide receiver Corey Coleman, the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft, in hopes he could showcase the dynamic playing ability that made him a star at Baylor.
Coleman spent two seasons with the Browns, catching 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns, before being traded to the Bills for a future seventh-round pick. Buffalo quickly released Coleman, then he spent time with the Patriots before ending up with the Giants, where he appeared in eight games and caught five passes for 71 yards in 2018.
It was the last time he played in a match, however. Coleman, 27, tore his ACL the following preseason and then spent part of the 2020 season on the Giants practice squad before spending last season out of football.
This is another low-risk, high-reward chance taken by Chiefs general manager Brett Veach on a former first-round pick.
The Chiefs announced several more contracts on Thursday.
Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is back having started 52 of 64 games played since the Chiefs selected him in the third round of the 2018 draft. He’s mostly a run-stuffer, but is coming off a record three sacks in career last season.
The Chiefs also announced the return of quarterback Chad Henne to back up Patrick Mahomes, the signing of Austin Reiter to back up center Creed Humphrey and left tackle Geron Christian, who made eight starts for Houston last season.
Blake Bell is also back on a one-year contract. He helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl in the 2019 season, then spent a year in Dallas before returning to Kansas City, where he primarily served as a tight end last season.
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