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Chiefs adding Donnie Avery

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The first wide receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft is moving on to the team that holds the No. 1 pick in April’s draft.

The Chiefs have agreed to a deal with Colts free agent wide receiver Donnie Avery, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Avery caught 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns for Indianapolis in 2012. You may recall his last-play, game-winning dash to beat the Lions in Detroit in December.

Avery adds another playmaking presence to a Chiefs wide receiver corps led by Dwayne Bowe. Third-year wideout Jon Baldwin has also shown some flashes of promise.

Avery has rebounded well from a 2010 knee injury that kept him off the field for a season. He signed with the Colts last March after stints with the Rams (who drafted him with the No. 33 pick in 2008) and the Titans.

Avery was No. 77 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

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  1. enviroman08 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:28 PM

    Well it looks like Alex Smith is going to have some weapons!

  2. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Donnie is a scrap player. He couldn’t even make the Eagles special teams squad

  3. northfootball89 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Looks like they have done a solid job surronding alex smith with weapons on offense. Retaining bowe and albert and now avery. Chiefs offense could be a suprise next year

  4. azjahwkr says: Mar 13, 2013 12:30 PM

    Things just keep getting better in KC. Can’t wait to see the improved team after watching the last couple of years

  5. lonespeed says: Mar 13, 2013 12:32 PM

    Avery will have a big year in Andy Reids offense along with Alex Smith’s pentence to make quick reads and throws.

    Dwayne Bowe will draw the coverage and Avery will probably find lots of after-the-catch running room in the slot.

    Plus another year removed from knee problems. It could be a big year for Avery.

  6. hdahs143 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:32 PM

    Not a Chiefs fan, but am looking forward to seeing how different they will be this year

  7. richiedean says: Mar 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    As a Niner fan and Alex supporter I’m glad to see that he’ll have some weapons over in KC.

  8. georgerm85 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:37 PM

    Alex Smith is walking into a really good situation now.

  9. lilrob10201 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:38 PM

    He is a good #3 WR.

  10. olopop23 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    Don’t understand this guy….catches the hard ones but has difficulty catching the ones that are in his chest….there is a reason Colts parted ways with him.

  11. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    Alex Smith didn’t have weapons in SF? Crabtree and Davis looked pretty good with Kapernick under center

  12. klunge says: Mar 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    Not an impact signing. The success of the Chiefs offense begins and ends with Jamaal Charles, regardless of who else they trot out there to surround him.

  13. welcomeback85 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    They are doing what’s necessary to win. Can’t blame them for at least putting their money where their mouth is and getting players. Good move.

  14. jbaxt says: Mar 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    Only real needs left are RT, Nickel, and ILB. Things are looking up in KC. Of course being 2-14 I supposed they’d have to. Either way, 5 pro bowlers on defense, adding Robinson, Devito to the D, and Avery and Fasano to go with Charles, Bowe, and Smith on offense, without playing a down this looks easily like a .500 team. Denver’s a QB injury away from being a 6 win team, SD’s a mess and Oakland is well, Oakland. Go KC!

  15. xli2006 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    Decent WR… filled in nicely and definitely has value as a slot or #3. Speedy too and seems to be healthy after injuries before last season.

    Nice pickup for KC and a solid transition WR for the Colts as TY Hilton emerged.

  16. xpensivewinos says: Mar 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    Wide receivers are looking good. Too bad they didn’t go after a more athletic tight end. Fasano is a lumbering stiff.

  17. deathmonkey41 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    Good signing- Reid needs that undersized WR he can lineup in the backfield to catch the shovel pass near the goal line and get killed.

  18. firedup1 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:53 PM

    Denver can hear some foot steps.

  19. ojordonez says: Mar 13, 2013 12:57 PM

    flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Donnie is a scrap player. He couldn’t even make the Eagles special teams squad

    —————————————————————-
    The Eagles first team couldn’t even make their own special teams squad.

  20. riseabovecancer says: Mar 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    LOL!!! I would still have traded for Matt Flynn over Alex Smith.

  21. sullijo1 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    Four teams in 4 years? I guess it doesn’t take much to get Chiefs fans excited…..

  22. mortimeryoung says: Mar 13, 2013 1:00 PM


    lonespeed says:
    Mar 13, 2013 12:32 PM
    Avery will have a big year in Andy Reids offense along with Alex Smith’s pentence to make quick reads and throws.

    I’m usually pretty good about translating InternetCommenter into English, but “pentence”? That’s not even close to a real word. I think maybe you meant to say, “Smith’s penchant for making” quick reads and throws.

  23. joshhatesthesteelers says: Mar 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    I can’t believe the Colts let him leave

  24. finsphan says: Mar 13, 2013 1:03 PM

    I’m no expert or coach but hey Alex, give the ball to Charles and you’ll be ok

  25. raiderufan says: Mar 13, 2013 1:03 PM

    I think all this positive energy is gonna end with a thud next offseason when Alex Smith becomes yet another QB not named Montana or Manning to fail at coming to take over a team as it’s QB/Leader.

    Please tell me the last time it’s worked out well for a team? Denver….and who else? Just in the league now! Kolb? Palmer? Even Matt Flynn?

    I’ll put my name on it: It’s not gonna work and no amount of #2 WR’s or almost there #1 WR’s are gonna make it work.

  26. howiehandles says: Mar 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    “Donnie is a scrap player. He couldn’t even make the Eagles special teams squad”

    He left voluntarily, because he knew the Eagles were all talk, just like their fans.

  27. murf17 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:10 PM

    The fact that someone actually said “Denver hears foot steps” is hilarious. The memory cannot be that bad that KC was a 2 win team last year and Denver was a 13 win team. I agree with the one person who said it does not take much for a KC fan to get excited. Does Alex Smith, Andy Reid, and Donnie Avery make up 11 wins? KC will be better but there will also not be a major drop-off in Denver either. Manning has another year to get better after already putting up an MVP season last year. They just added to the O-line and will get some D help (I’m praying) so Rahim Moore does not have to be on the field as much next year.

  28. brianjvac says: Mar 13, 2013 1:10 PM

    Jamaal Charles should GO OFF next year. Solid QB, playmakers on the outside, and a defense that won’t get thrashed for 30+ a game. This guy is going to get some major run.

  29. kcflake says: Mar 13, 2013 1:14 PM

    Die Hard Chiefs Fan here, I LOVE what John Dorsey and Andy Reid are doing. Looking to take over the AFC West in 2013 and Beyond.

  30. wtfpft says: Mar 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    Wow! Chiefs will buy whatever their ownership is selling. When did Alex smith, Donny Avery and chase Daniel become all pros? Don’t forget you won 2 games last year and kept a lot of those players, and don’t tell me that crap about them having 6 pro bowlers, it’s a popularity contest. Congratulations.

  31. germanstingray says: Mar 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    Despite what all the loudmouth donk and rayderz fans say, their teams’ coaches and players know that they are in trouble come fall.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:47 PM

    raiderufan says: Mar 13, 2013 1:03 PM

    “I think all this positive energy is gonna end with a thud next offseason when Alex Smith becomes yet another QB not named Montana or Manning to fail at coming to take over a team as it’s QB/Leader.

    Please tell me the last time it’s worked out well for a team? Denver….and who else?”

    Kurt Warner in AZ.

    Next question.

  33. Patriot42 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:49 PM

    “Donnie is a scrap player. He couldn’t even make the Eagles special teams squad”

    Hmmmm maybe Reid had a change of heart.

  34. obsession55 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:00 PM

    Donnie had a solid year for us in Indy, but he dropped WAY too many passes. Hes a big reason Luck’s completion percentage was so low. Made some spectacular plays but definitely not a consistent threat at the #2 WR spot. I wish him the best though! Seems like a good kid

  35. robertw2010 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    KC is the Super Bowl Champs of the Offseason…

    They are going to DOMINATE!!!

    Just look at all the signings and the way that Andy Reid handled the “Dream Team” in Philly the last couple years….Winning!!!!!

    Oh wait a minute….

  36. jbaxt says: Mar 13, 2013 2:33 PM

    So the pro-bowl’s a popularity contest? Ya, Justin Houston is a household name. Berry’s on his 4th year, DJ got to his 2nd pro bowl and Hali his 3rd I believe. If I were a donkey fan, I’d be scared too.

  37. backuppunter says: Mar 13, 2013 2:34 PM

    well at least the offense will have a chance this year. if the pass blocking holds up.

  38. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:51 PM

    How are these signings any different than Steve breastons & other average at best signings this team makes every year? It’s quite pathetic how easily Chiefs fans get dropped into buying season tickets!!! How in the world can anyone expect anyone but Denver winning is division?

  39. wtfpft says: Mar 13, 2013 3:27 PM

    “So the pro-bowl’s a popularity contest? Ya, Justin Houston is a household name. Berry’s on his 4th year, DJ got to his 2nd pro bowl and Hali his 3rd I believe. If I were a donkey fan, I’d be scared too.”

    You are quite delusional if you really beleive Hali and Berry deseved to be in the pro bowl, but hey you’re a chiefs fan so i know you’re delusional.

  40. jbaxt says: Mar 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    The point was its’s popularity contest, right? So if that’s the case, why are 5 ever so popular guys from the great Midwest, (where coverage surpasses that of NY, NE, and Dallas) being nominated? In case you can’t keep up, where you’ve proven you can’t, KC is a small market, there nothing popular about anyone, therefore the popularity contest comment has no substance. Troll along.

  41. wtfpft says: Mar 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    It is hard to keep up trying to decipher your midwest writing skills. The pro bowl players are voted on by the players, coaches, and fans. So congratulations, it’s obvious the chiefs players and coaches voted for themselves. Keep giving those Hunt’s your money and enjoy last place for the 3rd year in a row and your 20 year anniversary of your last playoff victory.

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