On Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs made yet another low cost move by adding tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. While the salary for this contract is not out as of this writing, Seals-Jones has signed for one year.
Kansas City has continued to make short term/cheap deals all offseason. While the coronavirus could have a part in this decision making, the salary cap and focus on year to year to success is the goal for the Chiefs. They are not trying to go too over the top when building for the future. Now, let’s take a deeper look into this new acquisition in Ricky Seals-Jones.
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Making Something From Nothing
Now entering his fourth year in the NFL, Ricky Seals-Jones was an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. It did take a little while for him to see the field during that season. But once he got the chances, Seals-Jones made the most of it. He compiled many yards after the catch, which has continued to be a theme throughout his brief career.
Over two seasons with the red birds, Ricky Seals-Jones registered 46 catches, 544 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Usually, he was a consistent security blanket for Arizona at the least. Furthermore, it was amazing how often defenders left him wide open, leading to those constant yards after the catch. Seals-Jones’ time in the desert ended just before the 2019 season, as he was one of the final preseason roster cuts.
Afterwards, he latched on with the Cleveland Browns. Numbers-wise, there is not much that is going to blow you away from his stint in Cleveland. His touchdowns were impressive, totaling his numbers from the two seasons prior. Seals-Jones continued to be left wide open, while taking advantage of yards after the catch opportunities.
After losing Blake Bell in free agency, Kansas City had a hole at TE2 on the depth chart. Deon Yelder was really the only tight end on the roster behind star Travis Kelce. To boot, Yelder did not really have a firm grasp on that spot during the course of last season. Injuries and drops hurt his stock.
Over the last few years, the Chiefs have left a lot to be desired at the TE2 position. Ricky Seals-Jones has nearly doubled the production that Kansas City has had in that spot over the last three years. In addition, he has shown more consistent hands, more versatility and he could be comfortable red zone target for the offense. Overall, this is a low-key smart move by general manager Brett Veach.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.