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Chiefs agree to terms with Colts receiver Donnie Avery

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 10:37 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 4:37 p.m.

Not content to rest after a day on which they completed a trade for a starting quarterback, signed his backup as a free agent and also acquired two other veterans, the Chiefs agreed to terms with former Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery today.

Avery is a faster receiver who would be a good mix with Dwayne Bowe on the other side. Speed has been an element missing from the Chiefs’ receiving group. Avery caught 60 passes for the Colts last season.

To review, the Chiefs took care of the top two quarterback spots on the depth chart by trading with San Francisco for Alex Smith and signing Chase Daniel, who played in college at Missouri. They also signed Miami’s Anthony Fasano, who will join Tony Moeaki at tight end, and Jets defensive end Mike DeVito, who will likely take Glenn Dorsey’s spot in the starting lineup.

Dorsey is an unrestricted free agent who reportedly is visiting in San Francisco with the 49ers.

The new Chiefs administration of general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid has repeatedly demonstrated they will get what they want, even at the price of overpaying. They gave up this year’s second round draft pick plus a conditional selection in next year’s draft for Smith, who was the 49ers backup at the time of the trade.

They gave Dwayne Bowe a contract that at the time of the signing made him the third-highest paid wide receiver in the league. Dustin Colquitt is now the highest-paid punter. The Chiefs also officially announced the signing of free agent cornerback Dunta Robinson today.

So there’s an aggressive attitude in place at One Arrowhead Drive that hasn’t been seen for some time. The addition of Avery, following the additions of Daniel, Fasano and DeVito shortly after the free-agent signing period began Tuesday afternoon, is just another example.

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