With the dust settling on the second day of NFL free agency, the Chiefs have signed two new players: offensive linemen Jeff Linkenbach from the Indianapolis Colts and linebacker Joe Mays, previously of the Houston Texans.
Given the Chiefs’ salary cap situation, they may only have enough room to sign one more free agent, unless of course they restructure some of their existing contracts. One of the most pressing issues that experts predict the Chiefs to address in free agency is finding a #2 passing option to complement Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles.
This is an issue the Chiefs have been struggling with for the last five seasons, ever since they traded away future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. Looking back at the previous attempts to find a #2 Receiver, the results haven’t been stellar.
Pop Quiz! Who was the Chiefs’ most productive wide receiver in 2009?
Surprisingly, it wasn’t Dwayne Bowe, but rather Chris Chambers.
Chambers was released by the San Diego Chargers seven games into the 2009, and was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs to be brought in for the second half of the season. And, for a brief moment, the move looked brilliant. In his debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chambers caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns. By the end of the season, he was leading the team in receiving with 36 receptions, 608 yards, and four touchdowns.
Chambers signed a 3-year deal with the team the following March, but by the next season, Chambers proved he wasn’t worth the $15 million contract that Scott Pioli gave him. Chambers caught 22 passes for 213 yards and scored only one touchdown.
He was released at the end of the 2010 season.