Waivers Start Today – Chris Chambers Is Gone

The NFL’s makeshift calendar for post-lockout life included the start of waivers at 3:01 CDT on Thursday afternoon.

Many players around the league had already been told they are getting the heave-ho with the start of waivers – Baltimore TE Todd Heap, Cleveland QB Jake Delhomme, Dallas WR Roy Williams, Denver RB Correll Buckhalter are just a few that have known for days that they would be on the street.

Now add to that group Chiefs veteran WR Chris Chambers .  He showed up at the team’s facility today, but was told there was no reason for him to continue on to St. Joseph and Missouri Western State University. With the waiver wire open, the Chiefs released Chambers and CB Jackie Bates.

Chambers’ spot on the roster was in doubt since the wildcard game in the AFC playoffs back in January when Chambers was a game-day inactive and Kevin Curtis, who had been with the team for four days, played in the game.

Many of the veterans being whacked are because of the salary cap. But that’s not a problem for the Chiefs. Still, money is always a factor with GM Scott Pioli. Considering the drafting of Jonathan Baldwin and the agreement reached with UFA Steve Breaston, there was really no place for Chambers to fit into the depth chart.

The release put an end to one of the worst decisions made by Pioli in his two-plus years in charge of the Chiefs. The GM who got his job because he sold Clark Hunt on his ability to operate the franchise without overpaying players, has to be regretting the 3-year, $12 million contract he gave Chambers last year, including $5.9 million in guaranteed money. After coming over on a waiver-wire claim at mid-season in 2009, Chambers became an unrestricted free agent after the ’09 season. How much competition there was at the time for Chambers services is unknown, but Pioli got him signed.

For $5.9 million, the Chiefs got 22 catches for 213 yards and a single TD in 13 games.  That worked out to $268,181 per catch. The contract has proven to be the worst negotiated by Pioli in two seasons. This year, Chambers was scheduled to make $2.9 million with a $500,000 roster bonus. That won’t be happening.

Last year, Chambers dealt with a dislocated finger and the inability to get away from coverage.  He dressed for 13 games, started seven times and in five games did not catch a pass. In five other games, he caught just one throw. His only TD catch of the season came in a blowout loss in Denver.


The Chiefs have signed 7 of their 9 draft choices as they headed for St. Joe. They got deals worked out with 2nd-round OL Rodney Hudson, 3rd-round DL Allen Bailey, 4th-round CB Jalil Brown, 5th-round QB Ricky Stanzi, 5th-round LB Gabe Miller, 6th-round DT Jerrell Powe and 7th-round FB Shane Bannon. Foxsports.com reported Bailey’s deal at 4 years, $2.67 million with a $556K signing bonus. Stanzi’s father confirmed his signing and told a Cleveland area newspaper the deal is worth $2 million.

That leaves the top 3 draft choices unsigned: 1st-round WR Jonathan Baldwin and 3rd-round LB Justin Houston.

Also, DB Maurice Leggett, a restricted free agent who did not receive a tender offer from the Chiefs, has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions.

3 Responses to “Waivers Start Today – Chris Chambers Is Gone”

  • July 28, 2011  - Rick says:

    Wow, I had forgotten that Chris Chambers even played for the Chiefs. This is clearly addition by subtraction.

  • July 28, 2011  - ED says:

    Wow Brian Waters gone. I thought for sure Casey would get cut over Brian he must wanted to be released because no way I believe we would bring back Casey Wiegman and cut Brian Waters.

  • July 29, 2011  - el cid says:

    Cannot argue with you ED. I try to understand both but Wiegman was smallish his entire career and I thought we needed meat on the OL. Not sure just how much of a mentor he will be kids.

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