Kansas City Chiefs reach deal with wide receiver Donnie Avery

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Wide receiver Donnie Avery is returning to Missouri, agreeing to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Terms of Avery's deal were not disclosed.

Avery entered the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, who used the 33rd overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft on the former University of Houston standout. Avery caught 100 passes for 1,263 yards and eight touchdowns during his first two seasons in the NFL, but suffered a torn ACL during the 2010 preseason and was placed on injured reserve.

Released by the Rams, Avery caught three passes for 45 yards in eight games with the Tennessee Titans in 2011 before signing a one-year, $665,000 contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Avery started 15 of 16 games with the Colts, catching 60 passes for 781 yards with three touchdowns as the No. 2 receiver opposite Reggie Wayne. Avery proved he was healthy by playing in 87.68 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps, according to official playing-time documents.

Avery should get a chance to be the No. 2 receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe, who the Chiefs signed to a five-year, $56 million extension prior to the start of free agency. Avery's competition for playing time Kansas City will come from 2011 first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin, 2010 second-round pick Dexter McCluster and 2012 fourth-round pick Devon Wylie.

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