Jason Avant was one of the Kansas City Chiefs' best wide receivers after they signed him late last season. That might not be the world's greatest endorsement considering the quality of the receivers he was playing with, but Avant nonetheless had 13 catches over the season's final five games.
The Chiefs thought enough of Avant to re-sign him on Friday. Avant, who turns 32 next month, was one of three Chiefs re-signed. The others were also backups -- tight end Richard Gordon and safety Kelcie McCray.
The Chiefs now have Avant, the recently signed Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, and De'Anthony Thomas among their wide receivers under contract. The Chiefs also offered a one-year, $585,000 contract to Junior Hemingway, a move that will also keep him in Kansas City next season.
The Chiefs obviously aren't done acquiring wide receivers, so it's not clear how Avant will eventually fit in or whether he even makes the roster on opening day. But based on the way he played for the Chiefs last season, he has a good chance of claiming a roster spot. Avant spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, then coached by Andy Reid.
Gordon served as an emergency replacement for the Chiefs at tight end toward the end of each of the past two seasons. The Chiefs also have Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris at tight end, so Gordon's role figures to be limited again if he makes the team out of training camp.
The Chiefs acquired McCray in a trade with Tampa Bay before last season. He played in all 16 games, but mostly on special teams.