Update 5:34:33 CST: We’ve learned a little more about why Devard Darling was brought in, from the Chiefs official site:
[Carl] Peterson commented. “Devard’s best football is still ahead of him. Our wide receivers coach Eric Price recruited Devard to play at Washington State, so that relationship helped provide additional information on his strengths as a player.”
The Kansas City Chiefs actually went out and did something today! They signed a wide receiver, and while it wasn’t A.A. fave D.J. Hackett, I like the kid. Devard Darling wasn’t who I expected, but his signing comes as little surprise given Herm Edwards‘ pre-free agency comments on the type of player the Chiefs were seeking.
Darling, 25, had his best year as a pro in ’07, and especially came on late for the Baltimore Ravens. He had four catches, 107 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in late November (I remember it well, as I was playing against him in fantasy for some reason). He’s 6-foot-2 (I’ve read 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-3, so we’ll settle in between) and 215 pounds, so he definitely has the size to be a quality No. 2 or 3 WR.
I’ve linked the Star’s article and his Wiki page below, but what you absolutely have to read is this S.I. story about he and his late twin brother, Devaughn, who passed away while they were attending Florida State together (Devard later transferred to Washington State). Both interesting and inspirational, if you ask me. Warning: It’s going to be hard not to root for the kid after reading the article.
Welcome, Devard! Glad to see that the Chiefs aren’t completely asleep at the switch. Oh, and I’m hoping that I can get our Ravens blogger to chime in on Darling either today or tomorrow.