This appears to be a repeat of the 2004 NFL trading deadline.
Back then, the Chargers acquired wide receiver Keenan McCardell from Tampa Bay when they were 3-3.
They would win nine of their next 10 games to finish 12-4 and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1995.
This time, the last-minute trade acquisition is wide receiver Chris Chambers from Miami at a time when the Chargers are 3-3.
Will they win nine of their next 10 again to finish 12-4?
Probably not, but it won’t take nearly that good of a record to win the weak AFC West.
Chambers brings the Chargers two sides. He’s known for making brilliant, game-winning type catches; but he’s also known for dropping more than a few passes.
He is kind of a more experienced version of Vincent Jackson, the Chargers’ current go-to wide receiver (if they have such a thing.)
Chambers, acquired from Miami for a second-round draft choice, 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 is a seven-year veteran who has a history with Chargers coach Norv Turner. In 2002 and 2003, Chambers’ second and third seasons in the NFL, Turner served as Miami’s offensive coordinator.
“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.”
With Eric Parker on injured reserve, Chambers better contribute right away if the Chargers are to build on two straight wins.