The Chiefs have lost a tremendous receiving option for Matt Cassel with the announcement today of Tony Moeaki’s torn ACL and subsequent placement on injured reserve. That said, with the dawn of the regular season in just a few days, it’s important for the Chiefs to find a replacement and now is the opportune time, especially with the Bears recent release of longtime tight end Desmond Clark.
The current crop of tight ends on the Chiefs are of the blocking variety. Anthony Becht and Leonard Pope both have great size and are assets in a run-oriented offense of the Chiefs. However, the Chiefs lack the depth at wideout to withstand a tight end crew that lacks any receiving options, and that’s where Clark comes in.
Clark was released earlier today and he stated so much via Twitter. “Yes. The Bears released me this morning. I played my butt off but sometimes it’s more about the business. That’s what it boiled down to.”
Clark was with the Bears since 2003 after first coming into the league with the Denver Broncos in ‘99. He’s an older veteran obviously, but he’s long been known for his good hands — the very thing the Chiefs could use at this point. If utilized well, Clark could still provide a solid receiving option for Cassel. To date, Clark has 323 catches for 3,591 yards and 27 touchdowns.