The Book On WR Rashied Davis

Just saw a comment by bannyc9 that linked a report which stated that the Chiefs are interested in Chicago Bears WR/RS Rashied Davis. It’s late, it’s Friday, etc…so I’m going to do a copy-and-paste job here. Hopefully, I’ll be able to scrounge around and find out more about the kid. For now, he’s an ex-Arena Football League star who has showed some flashes as a slot receiver and has serious upside as a kick returner. Let’s look at him as a cross between Bobby Sippio and The Beer Man, I guess. At least we are looking at somebody, right?

From The Southtown Star:

Restricted free agent Rashied Davis is generating substantial interest, and the slot receiver is an attractive option for teams because they would not have to compensate the Bears for signing him away. The Kansas City Chiefs might make a move for Davis. They have only four wideouts under contract, including former Rush star Bobby Sippio, and would be able to use Davis as a returner. Kansas City ranked 30th in kickoff returns last season.

Davis, who will turn 29 in July, received the low tender offer of $927,000 from the Bears, and because the former Arena League player was not an NFL draft pick, the Bears would not receive a pick if they chose not to match an offer sheet. The Bears already lost Bernard Berrian to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Bears want to keep Davis, who had just 17 catches last season in a dysfunctional offense. He asserted himself on special teams and proved his value as a receiver in 2006, when he made a host of big plays, including a winning touchdown catch at Minnesota and a crucial 37-yard grab on third-and-10 to set up the winning field goal in overtime of the playoff game against Seattle

From Wikipedia:

San José SaberCats:

Prior to signing with the Bears, Davis spent nearly four years in the Arena Football League, playing as a wide receiver and cornerback for the San Jose SaberCats. His best years came in 2004 and 2005, in which Davis emerged as the team’s most productive players, posting a team leading 1,785 yards in all-purpose yards. In 2005, Davis scored 44 touchdowns and 264 points as a return specialist and wide receiver. He caught 100 passes for 1,420 yards and 30 touchdowns, which was a franchise record, and also scored eight rushing touchdowns. Davis’ feats earned him recognition as the team’s most valuable player and offensive player of the year.

Chicago Bears:

Despite his productivity in the Arena Football League, Davis ventured into the National Football League in hopes of finding a new career. He tried out for the San Francisco 49ers, but failed to make the team. Prior to the 2005 season, the Chicago Bears signed Davis to a contract. He initially started his career as a cornerback, but was converted into a wide receiver before the 2006 season.

Davis had to work very hard to adapt to the rigors of being an NFL wide receiver. The team’s quarterback, Rex Grossman, claimed Davis to be one of the team’s hardest workers in the 2006 off season. Despite being overshadowed by more experienced wide receivers like, Muhsin Muhammad, Bernard Berrian, and Mark Bradley, he proceeded to stun critics and skeptics by emerging as one of the Bears’ most productive assets in the 2006 pre-season, culminating his preseason with a 100-yard touchdown return on August 18, 2006. His preseason success earned him a spot on the Bears’ starting roster, making him one of the three receivers in a regular three wide receiver set.

During the 2006 season, Davis amassed 303 yards for two touchdowns on 22 receptions. He most notably known by Bear fans for his clutch receptions during the season; catching a game winning touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during week three, and later an overtime reception that set up a game winning field goal in week fourteen against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arguably, his most important catch came in the Divisional Round of the 2006 playoffs, when he caught another overtime pass that set up the game’s winning field goal, allowing the Bears to advance to the NFC Championship. After the Bears won the NFC Championship, Davis caught one pass for 2 yards and returned one kick for 15 yards in Super Bowl XLI.

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