News: Chiefs Sign Rodney Wright and Tanner Purdum

The Chiefs announced today they signed WR Rodney Wright and LS Tanner Purdum.  We heard about Purdum a courodneywright1ple days ago, but Wright is a new name.

Wright first entered the NFL as a 7th round pick of Buffalo in 2002.  He spent parts of the 2002 and 2003 seasons on the Bills practice squad.

Wright was released after a couple brushes with the law.  First he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a collision that injured two people.  Then eight months later he was charged with driving while intoxicated following a three-car accident.  According to the police report he was also charged with driving without a license and making an unsafe lane change after refusing a breathalyzer test.

Following his release, Wright signed with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League.  During four years with the Sabercats, Wright had 292 receptions for 3,229 yards with 42 TDs to go along with 18 carries for 30 yards with 5 TDs.   He also returned 113 kicks for a 21.7 avg and four scores.

During his first season in San Jose, Wright was voted the team’s Ironman and Rookie of the Year.

No one likes to see a guy that keeps getting in trouble with the law (Hello, Larry Johnson!) but by all accounts he has kept his nose clean the past 5 years.  Off the field trouble aside, he was not exactly blowing the Bills away before his release and only ran a 4.54 40 yard dash coming out of Fresno State.  That along with his size (5-9) make him a good guy to root for in training camp but nothing to get excited about.

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