The Kansas City Chiefs announced today they have signed WR Ashley Lelie. He is participating in this morning’s practice in River Falls.
Lelie has played in 107 games (59 starts) during his seven-year NFL career (2002-08). He has caught 217 passes for 3,749 yards (17.3 avg.) with 15 TDs and rushed 20 times for 172 yards (8.6 avg.). He has appeared in four postseason contests (three starts), tallying 10 receptions for 152 yards (15.2 avg.) with a TD. Lelie entered the NFL as a first-round draft choice (19th overall) of Denver in 2002. He has seen action with Denver (2002-05), Atlanta (2006), San Francisco (2007) and Oakland (2008).
The Bellflower, California native finished his collegiate career at Hawaii as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (194), receiving yards (3,341) and touchdown catches (32). Lelie totaled 1,713 receiving yards and 19 TD catches as a junior, the highest single-season marks in Western Athletic Conference history to earn all-conference accolades. He lettered in football, track and basketball at Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
To make room for Lelie on the roster, the Chiefs waived WR Jeff Webb. Webb played in 31 games (three starts) in three seasons with Kansas City.
There were stories circulating the end of last week that the Chiefs had Lelie in for a workout, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. It also doesn’t exactly excite me. He’s big, has had some success in the league and is still just 29 years old. The problem is that he hasn’t had any of that success since 2004, when he caught 54 passes for just over 1,000 yards. Since then he hasn’t been able to stick with a team and only managed 11 catches for 197 yards last season for the Raiders.
It’s clear with the signings of Amani Toomer and Lelie that Todd Haley and Scott Pioli are looking for more out of their wide receivers, but I’d be shocked if they found much with Lelie.