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Andy Reid, Chiefs had inside info on WR Rod Streater

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid cited some “inside intel” that prodded the Kansas City Chiefs to sign former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater.

One of Reid’s sons, Spencer, was a teammate of Streater’s in college at Temple. Another son, Britt, coached Streater at Temple. Streater wasn’t a stranger to Andy Reid when he walked into the coach’s office for his recent free-agent visit.

“I’ve known him for a long time,’’ Reid said. “I’m kind of cheating on this because my son and he played together [in college] and then Britt also coached him at Temple, so I’ve got a little inside intel on him.

“Listen, as good of a player as he is, he’s an even better person so you’re getting a quality guy and also a guy who can play football.’’

The Chiefs are looking for more receiving production from players other than Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. Streater could help in that area. He could wind up as the Chiefs’ slot receiver.

Streater had a big season for the Raiders in 2013 with 60 catches for almost 900 yards. But a foot injury ruined his 2014 season. Last year, he played sparingly after Oakland acquired wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

“He’s got size, he’s got speed, he’s got good change of direction and all those things fit both outside and inside,’’ Reid said. “He’s got experience playing the inside position there, so I just think he’s come off a couple years where he’d been banged-up, although this past year he was pretty healthy, so it just kind of became a number count there for him.

“This will give him a fresh start and an opportunity to hop in this offense and digest it, which I think he’ll be able to do and we’ll see how he does.”