The Kansas City Chiefs have a decision to make at the quarterback position. The team currently has Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray on the roster. Only in rare cases do teams carry four quarterbacks, but coach Andy Reid has stated that it isn’t out of the question.
As of now, keeping all four seems like the most logical option. Obviously, there is no getting rid of the unquestioned starter Smith. After Smith, the team has Daniel, the only real insurance policy of the remaining three. Kansas City would save $1.4 million by cutting Daniel, but it would be incredibly dumb to do so.
Daniel is by far the team’s best chance of keeping the season alive if Smith were to go down with an injury, and the former San Francisco 49ers QB has missed significant time to injury in five of his nine professional seasons.
Next there’s Murray, who is nothing more than a developmental prospect at this point. It would be very surprising if Murray went anywhere. Kansas City just spent a fifth-round draft pick on him, and it would make no sense to drop him before he gets a fair chance to develop.
Finally the team has Bray, another developmental prospect. The 2013 rookie free agent has progressed nicely since joining the team last season. He looked good in the 2013 preseason, and has kept his improvement going early on in OTAs. The 22-year-old is actually a year younger than Murray, and stopping Bray’s progress in its tracks also makes very little sense.
Some people don’t believe a team needs to carry two developmental prospects, but Murray hasn’t been given a chance yet, and Bray has been moving along nicely. The quarterback position is too important to throw away a possible quality prospect. It’s worth an extra roster spot to hold on to the insurance, and hope for the future that the Chiefs’ backup quarterbacks can bring.