The Kansas City Chiefs added punt returner to their list of needs Tuesday with Dexter McCluster bolting for a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. McCluster wasn’t expected back, but with it official the team will need to find a replacement for special teams coach Dave Toub.
To leave the only team he’s known in the NFL, McCluster will get $12 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed. It’s a nice pay day for the diminutive receiver and clearly too rich for the cash-strapped Chiefs, who feel that’s too much money for a specialist that wasn’t so special before Toub arrived in town.
During his only season as the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt saw McCluster catch 13 passes for 121 yards in two games in addition to returning five punts for 66 yards.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey could look to reunite Toub with Devin Hester, one of the most prolific punt returners in the history of the NFL. Though it’s hard to believe they would break for anyone to serve primarily as a specialist.
More likely I’d expect Dorsey and Andy Reid to give a long look to CFL star Weston Dressler and whichever wide receiver(s) is drafted in May.