The Chiefs have added to their depth at wide receiver by signing Rod Streater to a one-year contract worth up to $4.8 million, two sources with knowledge of the signing told The Star on Saturday.
Streater, 28, is a big body — 6 feet 3 and 216 pounds — whose best season came in 2013 with Oakland, when he caught 60 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns. He’s dealt with a fractured foot since then, in addition to a coaching change, and the Raiders opted to lean on Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts last season, when Streater caught one pass for 8 yards in one game.
But if the Chiefs are looking for a veteran to compete with youngsters Albert Wilson and Chris Conley for the No. 2 receiver spot, Steater’s addition makes some sense. With the Raiders, he showed a willingness to work over the middle and an aptitude for using his length and ball skills to make contested catches, when healthy.
He should also be motivated to prove his worth, considering he’ll get to face his former team twice a year and will be allowed to test free agency again next March. He’ll only be 29 then, so with a strong season, he’d conceivably have suitors.
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Regardless, Streater — who went undrafted out of Temple in 2012 — appears to be a veteran addition to receiving corps that also includes Jeremy Maclin, Frankie Hammond and De’Anthony Thomas on the 53-man roster, in addition to Wilson and Conley.
Other receivers who were either on the practice squad last year or signed to reserve-squad deals include Da’Ron Brown, Kashif Moore and Kenny Cook.