We haven't talked much about Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Chambers this year, not even in our look at free agency and players who could be cut. That's because many people expect the Chiefs to part ways with Chambers once the NFL lockout is lifted.
Chambers surged in the 2009 season when he joined the Chiefs earning himself a nice three-year contract extension. The 2010 season certainly didn't go as expected as Chambers was disappointing all-around. It got to the point where WR Kevin Curtis was signed off the street before the Baltimore Ravens wildcard playoff game and inserted into the lineup before Chambers.
You know how we said that what teams say matter very little, and what they do matters a whole lot more? This is a good example of that.
The Chiefs can say whatever they want about Chambers but signing someone off the street a week before a playoff game and inserting him into the lineup doesn't bode well for the player that was replaced.
So, we know it was a disappointing season for him.
But just how disappointing was his 2010 season? So much so that Bill Barnwell, writing for Bill Simmons' Grantland, puts him as the 11th least valuable player in the NFL. The ranking is based on playing time, expectations and salary so Chambers and his nearly-six-million-guaranteed are probably ranked about right.
Check out the full list where Barnwell suggests that Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is more valuable than Chambers....Heyward-Bey!