Do You Know This Troubled Receiver?

As reflected in my earlier posting on Mark Bradley, I am of the opinion that we should bring in an experienced, non injury prone, receiver to add more depth and talent to our current roster of wide receivers.

It is no secret that many of the high profile free agent wide receivers currently available have some serious legal and moral issues to deal with. Look no further than Plaxico Burress and Matt Jones. Their escapades have been media fodder for many months. The Chiefs have generally been a team that avoids such players. There is, however, one such free agent receiver who has had such issues but has for whatever reason flown far below the radar. His name is not being mentioned with Plaxico’s and Matt’s. Should the Chiefs quietly place him upon the roster? Can they? Do you know him?

This receiver is Reggie Williams. He is 6’4, 212 pounds, and 26 years old. Did you know that Reggie has missed only one (1) game out of eighty (80) games total, and in 2007 he caught 10 TDs? His career average per catch is 12.3 yards. He has 2,322 career receiving yards, and eighteen (18) career TDs. I think that he would be a solid number two (2) receiver and a spectacular number three (3). He is a big bodied receiver who has escaped the injury bug. He would be an excellent red zone target.

Most people do not know, (or at least the media has not discussed at great length), that Williams was arrested in January 2006 and charged with possession of marijuana; he was permitted to enter a pretrial intervention program, which he successfully completed. He was arrested again and charged with DUI and possession of marijuana on February 27, 2009 in Houston; both charges were later dismissed. On April 5, 2009, police officials reported Williams was arrested on felony drug charges after scuffling with Houston police officers at a local night club? Police tasered Williams and took him into custody at which time police found what appeared to be a bag of cocaine in his back pocket. Williams pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance. A judge sentenced the 25-year-old unrestricted free agent to deferred adjudication and fined Williams $200. It is reported that Williams will not have a felony conviction on his record if he successfully completes probation. (We can expect that Mr. Reggie Williams will be facing a league suspension for this legal run in. Such a suspension would probably be in the range of four games).

Being tasered by police and having cocaine in your possession is some serious business, and I am by no means attempting to argue otherwise. I do not condone it, nor wish to ignore it. However, if the Chiefs were to sign Reggie Williams, would questions and eyebrows be raised? To what extent? Should we consider it? Would we be able to do sign him without the same media scrutiny of signing Plaxico Burress and Matt Jones. Most people do not know about Reggie Williams, do you?

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