Chris Chambers Now A Charger

The San Diego Chargers today acquired Wide Receiver Chris Chambers from the Miami Dolphins, in an exchange for a 2008 second round draft pick. If the Chargers make the playoffs as expected, that draft pick would be in the 55-60 range.

In Chambers, the Chargers are getting a proven veteran wide out who has great size and experience. Eric Parker's current injury may have been a factor in AJ Smith's decision to make a trade. It looks like Parker might miss even more time, and with no real veteran leadership at the wide receiver position, the Bolts feel Chambers can help them.

Personally, I have always liked Chris Chambers. I like how he attacks the ball and is physical after contact. His skill set is going to fit into our offensive philosophy under Norv Turner, who coached Chambers in Miami.

"Chris is an explosive, talented player and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to work with him again," Turner said. "He’s a very consistent player and he has big-play ability. We think he can add to what we’re doing on offense. The bonus for us is that he’s familiar with the system. It should be a quick and easy adjustment for him. We expect him to come in and be productive right away."

While Dolphin fans might feel Chambers is overrated or prone to dropped passes, the reality is that Chambers has had Quarterback instability almost his entire career. In San Diego, he'll provide the team with another big-play weapon and will allow guys like Vincent Jackson and Buster Davis time to grow as pros.

AJ Smith has obviously made it a priority to address the team's needs at wide receiver through the draft and via trades. Chambers will be the most expensive trade Smith has made (in terms of draft picks), but he'll figure to contribute right away, much like Keenan McCardell and Marlon McCree did when they arrived in San Diego.

"We are very excited to add Chris to our team," General Manager A.J. Smith said. "He brings a wealth of experience and outstanding production. He is an extremely talented football player and we have held him in high regard throughout his career."

So does this mean Keyshawn Johnson was right to call out the Chargers and AJ Smith?

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October 16, 2007

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