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Sources say Chiefs will sign 'Hollywood' Brown to a one-year contract

Sources say Chiefs will sign 'Hollywood' Brown to a one-year contract

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, a former Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals receiver, is expected to sign a one-year contract worth up to $11 million with the Kansas City Chiefs, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday.

The move gives quarterback Patrick Mahomes the upgrade to wide receiver the team has been looking for since the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers to capture their second straight Lombardi Trophy last month despite being one of the least productive wide receiver groups in the NFL. Rookie Rashee Rice has developed into a useful option in the passing game, but otherwise the Chiefs have been left to rely on journeymen and stopgap shortstops as they chase another title.

Brown could be the perfect complement to Rice in a new-look offense that includes recently signed tight end Irv Smith Jr. along with star tight end Travis Kelce.

Brown, who was traded to the Cardinals by the Ravens in 2022, did not get the long-term deal he was seeking before the 2023 season and suffered a heel injury last season.

Injuries have become a recent factor for Brown, who has not played a full season since 2020.

Brown, who turns 27 on June 4, finished 2023 with 574 yards in 14 games. He had 51 catches and four touchdowns on 101 targets, his third straight year with triple-digit targets. However, he set career lows in average yards per target (5.68) and yards after the catch (164).

He entered the NFL as the 25th pick in the 2019 draft by the Ravens. He has 313 career receptions for 3,644 yards and 28 touchdowns. His only 1,000-yard season came in 2021, when he caught 91 passes for 1,008 yards for Baltimore.

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ESPN's Josh Winfuss and the Associated Press contributed to this report.