With numerous holes on their roster and a lack of depth at wide receiver, Kansas City re-signed Chris Chambers to a three year contract that should see him finish his career as a Chief. Reports indicate the deal includes $5.9 million of guarantees and could be worth up to $15 million.
The Chiefs acquired Chambers off waivers from San Diego at the midpoint of last season and he went on to be their most productive receiver during his nine games with the team, amassing 36 receptions for 609 yards and four touchdowns. Always a streaky receiver, Chambers fell out of favour in San Diego and was surpassed on the depth chart by Malcom Floyd, which led to his release.
Re-signing Chambers was a key move given the team’s lack of playmakers in the passing game and Dwayne Bowe’s poor 2009 campaign and suspension issues. Suspended for four games last year, Bowe could face a year-long suspension if he fails another test for banned substances.
Of the team’s other wide receivers currently under contract for 2010, Lance Long was the most productive with 20 receptions for 178 yards. Expect the team to reinforce the position during the rookie draft.
With the Chiefs last year, Chambers averaged almost 9.5 fantasy points per game which would make him a mid-tier WR2. However, his numbers were inflated due to Bowe’s absence and the lack of a receiving threat at tight end.
With Bowe in the line-up, an improved running game and even marginal improvement at tight end, Chambers figures to be a WR5 or at best WR4 in 2010. He has been inconsistent throughout his career but will benefit from being in a pass heavy offense on a team that figures to be behind early and often.
That combination reduces his risk from a fantasy perspective but he is a player who disappears at times and he may have been motivated last off-season to secure the last big contract of his career.
Quarterback Matt Cassel clearly benefits from Chambers return given the team’s other options at the position. However, he is nothing more than a low end backup fantasy quarterback with little upside given the team’s current roster.