Former Chiefs Super Bowl Starter Joining Eric Bieniemy in NFC: Report

Getty KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 16: Byron Pringle #13 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammate Patrick Mahomes #15 in the second quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Free agent receiver Byron Pringle, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears, is signing a one-year deal with the Washington Commanders, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on July 25.

Pringle, a Kansas State product, entered the NFL undrafted in 2018. He joined the Chiefs that year but didn’t get to fully showcase his talents as a rookie because he landed on injured reserve following the 2018 preseason.

Yet after his rookie season, Pringle slowly carved out a role for himself in Kansas City over the next two seasons.

During the 2021 season, Pringle had career-highs in targets (60), catches (42), receiving yards (568), and receiving touchdowns (5). The best game of his career came in the Chiefs’ Week 15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in which he caught 6 passes on 7 targets for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns.

In three games during the postseason, Pringle recorded 12 catches for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns came yet again during a win over the Steelers, this time in the Wild Card round.

During the 2022 offseason, Pringle took to free agency and signed a one-year deal with the Bears.

Joining a squad that had the second-most rushing attempts in the NFL last season didn’t bode well for Pringle, as he finished the season with his lowest marks in receptions (10) and receiving yards (135) since 2019.

Pringle now joins the Commanders, who have Eric Bieniemy as their offensive coordinator. Bieniemy was Pringle’s coordinator in Kansas City from 2018 to 2021. Bieniemy joined Washington as their OC/assistant head coach this offseason.

Texans Work Out Ex-Chief, USFL Sack Leader

In other Chiefs-related news, the Houston Texans worked out former Chiefs defensive end Breeland Speaks on July 24, according to USFL insider James Larsen.

Speaks was a second-round pick of the Chiefs in 2018 out of Ole Miss. During his rookie season, he played in all 16 regular season games and recorded 24 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 forced fumble according to Pro Football Reference.

Speaks was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2019, after suffering a knee injury during the preseason. While still on IR, Speaks was suspended by the NFL in December of that year for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The Chiefs then waived Speaks in September 2020.

During the 2020 season, Speaks spent time on the Las Vegas Raiders and Dallas Cowboys practice squads. He then signed a Reserve/Future contract with the New York Giants in January 2021 but was waived by the team in May.

This spring, Speaks played for the USFL’s Michigan Panthers and led the league in sacks with 9, per FOX Sports. His efforts in the spring league have clearly been noticed by at least one NFL team, so there’s a chance he could re-enter the NFL at some point this summer after a two-year hiatus.

Twitter Reacts to Byron Pringle Signing With Washington

Users on Twitter — which has recently been rebranded to “X” — reacted to Pringle signing with the Commanders.

“I like it. Sold depth piece for the preseason & experience with Bieniemy in KC will come in handy for a young team learning a new offense,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Pringle can play some and familiar with Bieniemy good move for depth,” another user wrote.

“USFL is not the NFL but Speaks has the hustle. Watch his highlights,” another user wrote.

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