The Chargers added an explosive playmaker to their offense just prior to Tuesday's NFL trade deadline as they sent a 2008 second-round choice to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wide receiver Chris Chambers.
"We are very excited to add Chris to our team," General Manager A.J. Smith said. "He brings a wealth of experience and outstanding production. He is an extremely talented football player and we have held him in high regard throughout his career."
Chambers is a seven-year veteran who has a history with Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner. In 2002 and 2003, Chambers' second and third seasons in the NFL, Turner served as Miami's offensive coordinator. The Wisconsin graduate caught 52 passes for 734 yards and three touchdowns in his first year with Turner. In 2003, Chambers had a breakout season while working with Turner, catching 64 passes for 963 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"Chris is an explosive, talented player and I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to work with him again," Turner said. "He's a very consistent player and he has big-play ability. We think he can add to what we're doing on offense. The bonus for us is that he's familiar with the system. It should be a quick and easy adjustment for him. We expect him to come in and be productive right away."
Chambers earned a trip to the Pro Bowl following a 2005 season in which he hauled in 82 passes for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns. In six games with the Dolphins this season, he's caught 31 passes for 415 yards.
Chambers ranks fourth in Dolphins history in receptions (405), receiving yards (5,688) and touchdown receptions (43). He has 15 100-yard receiving games in his career. Consistency has been a strength of the fleet-footed pass catcher as he's recorded at least 50 receptions in each of the last six seasons. In 2001, he led all rookies with 883 yards and his 48 receptions trailed only LaDainian Tomlinson (59) among first-year players.
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