Wally Chambers: Chicago Bears' No. 1 draft choice out of Eastern Kentucky in 1973. Defensive rookie of the year (AP, 1973). NFC defensive player of the year (AP and NFLPA, 1975; UPI, 1976); NFLPA Bulldog Award as top defensive lineman (1976): Injured most of 1977 season. Played out option and fell out with Bears: filed grievance alleging they denigrated his valvue by saying he was not diligent about rehabilitating his badly damaged knee. And now -
Wally Chambers, Tampa Bay Bucaneer.
The Bears traded the 6-6, 260-pound sack specialist to the Bucs yesterday for Tampa's No. 1 draft choice in 1979 and a player to be named later. Didn't the Redskins bid for him - or did Jack Pardee agree with Chicago's general manager, Jim Finks, on Chambers' attitude? Especially since the Redskins, at long last, own a No. 1 pick in '79 and want to hold onto that one for dear life? Or '
"Tampa Bay is the team for which Jack Childers, wally's agent, said he wanted to play," Finks said. "Tampa Bay also was the only team to express interest ot us in making a trade for Wally."
Another interesting question: If Chambers can come back, ehat does Tampa Bay need with another defensive lineman? That's the one area in which the Bucs held their own through their 2-26 infancy. How about some offensive limen? Well, those could be on the way, if Mike Trope, the player rep whose latest Heisman Trophy client is Texas' hard-running Earl Campbell, is right. Trope has been saying the Bucs will be dealing their pick at the top of the '78 draft to the Los Angeles Rams, who would yield some veterans for the chance to put George Allen's football in Campbell's hands . . .