The Kansas City Chiefs have announced they’ve agreed to a deal with free agent wide receiver Bobby Engram. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bobby Engram has been a favorite of both fans and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck since his arrival in 2001. After the Chicago Bears cut the wide receiver, Holmgren and company were thrilled to bring him in to provide veteran leadership to a relatively young group of receivers, including Darrell Jackson (drafted 2000), and Koren Robinson (drafted 2001).
Engram provided much more than just veteran leadership; besides a few injuries, Engram has been a productive player for Seattle and a standup professional.
Best known for his outstanding ability to find open holes in the defense, he was Hasselbeck’s favorite target on third downs. In 2007, Engram finished with career highs in receptions (94), receiving yards (1,147), and touchdowns (6, tied with career highs in 1996 and 2003).
At 36 years old, Engram’s best days are most likely behind him. I believe he can still be productive, however, and should have a lot to offer the franchise in Kansas City.
After signing wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a five-year deal and committing to a plethora of young receivers, bringing Engram back was not an off-season priority for the Hawks, and his departure was expected.
Engram’s contributions to Seattle during his time here have been invaluable, and the 12th Man is appreciative of his efforts. He is a consummate professional both on and off the field. Best of luck to you in Kansas City, Bobby.
Chiefs fans, take care of this guy. You will be hard pressed to find a Seahawks fan that is happy to see his tenure in Seattle come to an end.