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Chiefs sign WR Antonio Callaway to reserve/future contract

The Chiefs take an offseason flyer on another talented, troubled player.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Miami Dolphins (and Cleveland Browns) wide receiver Antonio Callaway to a reserve/futures contract, according to a report from friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.

Taken in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, the former Florida wideout is listed at 5 feet 11 and 200 pounds. Starting his rookie season as Cleveland’s third wide receiver, he eventually ended up as a starter after the Browns traded Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots.

He started the 2019 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. But by mid-November, he was in hot water with the team. First, he was benched for being late for team meetings and practices — and then the Browns waived him. Following the waiver, he was given a 10-game NFL suspension for using a tainted CBD product as an analgesic after suffering a high-ankle sprain during the previous summer.

Callaway then signed with the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers but sustained a lower leg injury that put him on injured reserve.

The Miami Dolphins signed Callaway to their practice squad in early September, while he still had games remaining from his previous NFL suspension. Then he was given another four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

“We did a lot of work on Antonio,” coach Brian Flores said when the Dolphins signed Callaway, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “We felt it was an opportunity to add a talented player, and that’s what we did. We will work with him the next few weeks. When we can, we will work with him and we’ll see where it goes.”

Callaway played in five games for the Dolphins before he was waived on December 21. All told, he’s played in 25 NFL games over three seasons (including 14 starts), collecting 695 yards (and five touchdowns) on 53 receptions.

Callaway’s signing will have no impact on the 2020 season. Teams that have already completed their seasons are already signing players to reserve/future contracts for next year; the Chiefs are just obtaining a player they would like to try out in the offseason. We’ll see if Kansas City can once again find a way to make use of a talented player with troubles in his past.