The Kansas City Chiefs added to an already crowded receiving corps Wednesday night by signing free agent Keary Colbert. The former second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2004 has not played in the NFL since 2008. In June he signed on with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the financially struggling UFL.
Coming out of USC, Colbert showed a ton of potential as a rookie. That season he played in 15 games, catching 47 passes for 754 yards and five touchdowns. Over the next four seasons Colbert totaled 74 for 786 yards and three touchdowns, including just 12 catches for the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks in 2008.
If you include Dexter McCluster, there look to be at least five locks for the opening day roster. Meaning Colbert will need to beat out seven other players just for a chance to be the 52nd or 53rd man.
Training camp is the time to look at as many people as possible, but it’s a bit curious why they would take reps away from promising young players that are trying to show they belong for a guy that has proven to four other teams that he doesn’t.