Most of the NFL world has been following along with the Dallas Cowboys and Lucky Whitehead saga. Whitehead was accused of robbery in Virginia and immediately cut by the Cowboys. A few hours later it was revealed that Whitehead was innocent. The Cowboys still declined to resign Whitehead and used his unfortunate incident as an excuse to cut him.
On Wednesday, the New York Jets took a flier on Whitehead and claimed him off waivers. But before he was a Jet, the Kansas City Chiefs showed interest in the speedy kick returner.
Per Pro Football Talk, Kansas City was one of four teams outside the Jets to show interest in Lucky Whitehead.
Per source, other teams that expressed interest in Lucky Whitehead were the Colts, Chiefs, and Saints. Bears showed a little interest.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 26, 2017
The interest is evident as last year’s kick returner Tyreek Hill is being moved from the position. As he transitions into a full time WR1 role, Chiefs management wants to limit his chance of injury. With Hill no longer returning kicks, it’s unknown exactly who will fill the role in 2017.
As for Whitehead, the former Cowboy has returned 33 kicks during his two year career. He has accumulated 846 yards with a 25.6 yard/return ratio. His longest return was 79 yards in 2015. If he had qualified, Whitehead’s 23.2 yards per return would’ve been sixth best in the NFL.
Unfortunately the Chiefs were unable to land Whitehead. He will now look to earn the kick off return role and perhaps and job on offense with the Jets. If he struggles there’s a chance the Jets release him in which case the Chiefs may take another look.
As the Kansas City Chiefs look to find their kick returner this season, here is a glimpse of what they missed out on in Lucky Whitehead.
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