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The Chiefs find another weapon for Mahomes who Dave Toub will love

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Richie James #80 of the New York Giants carries the ball during the first half of a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by: Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP).

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has signed wide receiver Richie James.

The contract details haven’t been released yet, but this is a very good pickup for the Chiefs. Last season, James put together a breakout campaign with the New York Giants. He recorded 57 receptions, 569 yards, and four touchdowns in 17 games (four starts) in New York. The 27-year-old could very well find himself as a starter on this Chiefs roster replacing Mecole Hardman as WR3 and the main return specialist for the Chiefs in 2023. This move not only gives Patrick Mahomes another weapons but it also helps the Chiefs offense to focus on Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore getting expanded roles this upcoming season. The move could also mean that the Chiefs will probably stop pursuing Odell Beckham Jr., and Deandre Hopkins and focus on the draft to address the other vacant receiver left by JuJu Smith-Schuster.

James (5-9, 185) has played in 57 games (14 starts) in four NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2018-20) and New York Giants (2022). His career numbers include 95 receptions for 1,258 yards (13.2 avg.) with 7 touchdowns. James also served as both team’s number one return specialist, returning 75 punts for 574 yards (7.3 avg.) and 47 kickoffs for 1,081 yards (23.0 avg.) with one touchdown.

James originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (240th overall) of the 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Sarasota, Florida, native, played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State.


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