Keep or Cut: Kansas City Chiefs WR Bobby Wade

Bobby Wade was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs roster on September 15, 2009, just two days after KC's opening season loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Wade was  part of a handful of free agent wide receivers the Chiefs would sign in '09, including Amani Toomer, Bobby Engram, Ashley Lelie and Chris Chambers. 

Wade never topped his first game as a Chief. Against the Raiders in Week 2, the former Minnesota Viking had 6 catches for 72 yards. He would never have as many catches or yards in a game the rest of the season.

My opinion of Bobby Wade is that he's an average receiver who will probably bounce around to a couple more teams before his career fizzles out. He doesn't have overwhelming speed; has issues with drops; and fought with Todd Haley on the sidelines during the Chiefs Week 13 game against the Broncos.

He's completely expendable, in my opinion. And judging by his erratic starting schedule over the season, Todd Haley doesn't think Wade is consistent enough to be a full-time starter. That said, I do think Wade fits in the Chiefs' plans as a #3 receiver at best. He's just not a starter. 

Here are some recent quotes from AP commenters on Wade:

hmills10: "I don’t think Bobby Wade’s gonna wow anyone, but he becomes a pretty decent threat, if the protections get better."

Dagda: "There is nothing wrong with Bobby Wade as the 3rd wideout."

aasukisuki: "Glad to see Bobby Wade backHe’s easily become one of my favorite players on the team this year. I hope he finishes his career in KC."

I've put together some numbers on Wade's 2009 season and linked a few stories. It's all there, after the jump. 

Here are some stats on Bobby Wade's '09 season:

 

  • 0 games started; played in 12 games
  • 36 receptions
  • 367 yards receiving
  • 2 TDs
  • Targeted 74 times
  • 9 drops

 

Here are some stories on Wade from this past year:

 

Make sure you vote in the poll. And let us know your thoughts on Wade in the comments.

OFFENSE

WR 11 Chris Chambers 80 Bobby Wade 14 Quinten Lawrence
LT 76 Branden Albert 74 Wade Smith 67 Barry Richardson
LG 54 Brian Waters 62 Andy Alleman 66 Darryl Harris
C 64 Rudy Niswanger 74 Wade Smith
RG 74 Wade Smith 62 Andy Alleman 60 Ikechuku Ndukwe
RT 75 Ryan O'Callaghan 67 Barry Richardson 60 Ikechuku Ndukwe
TE 45 Leonard Pope 85 Jake O'Connell 89 Sean Ryan
WR 82 Dwayne Bowe 10 Terrance Copper 17 Lance Long
QB 7 Matt Cassel 12 Brodie Croyle 15 Matt Gutierrez
FB 42 Mike Cox 46 Tim Castille
RB 25 Jamaal Charles 46 Tim Castille 40 Javarris Williams

DEFENSE

LE 94 Tyson Jackson 92 Wallace Gilberry 71 Alex Magee
NT 95 Ron Edwards 70 Dion Gales 69 Derek Lokey
RE 72 Glenn Dorsey 71 Alex Magee 70 Dion Gales
LOLB 50 Mike Vrabel 96 Andy Studebaker 97 Pierre Walters
LILB 53 Demorrio Williams 56 Derrick Johnson 52 David Herron
RILB 51 Corey Mays 59 Jovan Belcher
ROLB 91 Tamba Hali 97 Pierre Walters
LCB 24 Brandon Flowers 23 Mike Richardson 34 Travis Daniels
RCB 39 Brandon Carr 20 Donald Washington
SS 30 Mike Brown 48 Reshard Langford
FS 47 Jon McGraw 35 Ricky Price

SPECIAL TEAMS

P 2 Dustin Colquitt
K 6 Ryan Succop
KO 6 Ryan Succop
PC 43 Thomas Gafford 96 Andy Studebaker
KC 43 Thomas Gafford
H 2 Dustin Colquitt
PR 80 Bobby Wade 14 Quinten Lawrence
KR 14 Quinten Lawrence 25 Jamaal Charles 17 Lance Long
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