The march down the checklist of the 2013 Chiefs continued on Wednesday in the second day of free agency with the signing of WR Donnie Avery.
The 5-11, 200-pound Avery had the best season of his 4-year career with Indianapolis and rookie QB Andrew Luck last year. He caught 60 passes for 781 yards and 3 TD catches. One of those scores was Luck’s first NFL touchdown.
A product of the University of Houston, he was timed at 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash when coming into the NFL Draft of 2008 when he was selected by St. Louis with the first pick of the 2nd-round. Avery was the first wide receiver selected in that draft.
The Texas native spent three years with the Rams, missing the 2010 season when he suffered a pre-season knee injury. Avery was released on the final cutdown of the 2011 pre-season. He then signed with Tennessee and moved on to Indianapolis last season.
Avery is 28 years old and gives the Chiefs their only real speed threat in the receiving position. Over his career he’s played in 55 games, catching 163 passes for 2,089 yards, a pedestrian average of 12.8 yards per catch. Avery has 12 TD catches.