Days after Albert Wilson said he wasn’t sure if the Kansas City Chiefs wanted to bring him back, the team’s general manager all but confirmed Wilson’s pending departure:
When asked if Albert Wilson will leave the Chiefs in free agency, Brett Veach said, "Well, Matt's in Chicago.” https://t.co/wKtnILlG0D
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) March 1, 2018
When asked if Wilson was leaving via free agency, Chiefs GM Brett Veach hinted at the possibility of the 5-foot-9 receiver following Matt Nagy to Chicago while speaking with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. And it makes sense, doesn’t it? Wilson is seeking a new home and the Bears have needs at receiver and could use one familiar with Nagy’s offense and terminology. Simple enough.
But still, for the GM to be saying that publicly … it’s not nothing.
Wilson started his NFL career in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia State and worked his way up the depth chart. He caught 42 passes for 554 yards and three touchdowns in 2017, but most notably saw a significant increase in playing time that began when Nagy took over the play-calling duties for Andy Reid. Wilson was in on at least 86 percent of the team’s offensive snaps during Nagy’s maiden voyage as a play-caller after playing around just 53 percent of offensive snaps in his first eight games of the year. Wilson’s best effort game in the season finale against the Denver Broncos when he caught 10 passes for 147 yards from rookie Patrick Mahomes in his first career start.
The Bears are in need of pass-catching targets for Mitch Trubisky, and while Wilson isn’t the big-name game-changer, it’s easy to imagine Wilson carving a niche as a top slot target who can elevate his quarterback’s game by hauling in passes across the middle.