Byron Pringle joins Eric Bieniemy with Washington Commanders

A regular K.C. East is going on in the nation's capital.

Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Byron Pringle (13) celebrates his
Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Byron Pringle (13) celebrates his / Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

One by one, Eric Bieniemy is slowly adding some familiar faces in the locker room with the Washington Commanders, guys he knows will understand what he's trying to do on the offensive side as he takes over the coordinator role for the first time away from the Kansas City Chiefs. The latest acquisition is wide receiver Byron Pringle, who spent multiple seasons with the Chiefs in recent years.

The Commanders officially signed Pringle to a one-year deal on Tuesday as training camp gets underway around the league.

Pringle was a Kansas State product who went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft but impressed the Chiefs enough to earn a contract as a rookie free agent that summer. He would go on to spend the year on injured reserve before making the active roster for the team in 2019 to work on special teams.

Pringle would eventually climb the depth chart in his four seasons with the team to the point where he had 60 targets in a contract year in 2021 and he caught 42 of those passes from Patrick Mahomes with 568 yards and 5 touchdowns. Pringle, of course, was also a very good kick returner in that span for the Chiefs who came up with several big runs at key momens for K.C.

In '22, the Chicago Bears, led by new general manager Ryan Poles who came over from Kansas City, signed Pringle to help give justin Fields a trusted veteran target but injuries inhibited his ability to make a mark in the Windy City. He finished his first year away from the Chiefs with only 10 catches for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns.

With Bieniemy now in the room as offensive coordinator, Washington has already brought in former Chiefs WR Marcus Kemp as well as offensive lineman Andrew Wylie in free agency. Now Pringle will join the mix in an attempt to help Washington find success in the NFC.