Aug 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray (9) throws a pass during the first half of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Bray as the Backup Quarterback?

Adam Teicher released another mailbag this afternoon, touching on subjects like free safety, Michael Sam, and the salary cap. But maybe his most interesting answer came when someone asked what to expect from Chase Daniel next season.

Going to be interesting to see how the backup quarterback situation resolves itself. It’s in the Chiefs’ best interest to make that an open competition between Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray and go with the one they think is best. Bray has a ton of skill. He probably has more ability to make all the necessary throws than either Alex Smith or Daniel. But Daniel has a lot of intangibles, not to mention the experience of having prepared himself week after week for several years now to be ready to play at a moment’s notice.

Like Travis Kelce, Tyler Bray is a bit of a forgotten man from Kansas City’s rookie class last season. Bray is loaded with physical tools – big arm and great size – as well as being highly productive as a starting quarterback in college. His only problem was he was a bit of an ass in college, which led him to fall down and out of the draft.

But – as far as we know, anyway – Bray was an upstanding citizen and teammate this past year with the Chiefs. Andy Reid even made a comment about how he has handled the transition from college star to third-string undrafted quarterback.

“He didn’t get picked probably where he wanted to get picked, and he’s worked through all of that. He’s been asked a lot of questions—that comes with the territory there. And he’s handled that the right way,’’ Reid said. “He’s handled it like a man— like a mature man— not like a young boy. I mean, he’s really handled himself the right way.

“I mean, you guys know this from him being from Tennessee that he can throw the ball well. He knows how to do it and does it very well. He’s been blessed with unique tools. It’s just important that he continues to grow up.”

Should Bray win he backup job, or if the Chiefs are already comfortable with him being the backup, then Chase Daniel could become an expendable piece for the Chiefs. There isn’t a ton of salary cap space to be saved by trading or cutting Daniel ($1.4 million), but he could command a mid-round draft pick in a trade. And Kansas City could definitely use some extra picks.

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  • Bigchief

    I love bray he has a cannon for an arm he should get a lot more playing time in the preseason. Good article

  • Paul Wilkins

    We should play Chase Daniel more and continue to work with Tyler Bray. As quickly as quarterbacks can be injured, there’s nothing wrong with having two great backup QBs!!

  • Josh Landers

    I think it’s in our best interest to move on from Daniel. This preseason he didn’t appear to be much better off than bray, if at all. Plus, bray is a few years younger, way cheaper, and has better tools to work with. I think trading him is our best option. If we could pull a 4th or 5th for him that would be perfect. Probably not likely but a man can dream, right? GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Hawthorne

    Even if all we can get is a 6th rounder for Daniel, I think it’s worth it. We’ve got cap problems and every little bit helps. Plus, in a draft this packed some gems at QB are sure to fall through the cracks.

  • Chuck Burrell

    Ben, would we only save 1.4 million if we traded him before the new league year or is it in his contract that he’s guaranteed all but $1.4 mil regardless of circumstance?

  • Travis Forsyth

    Personall, I think Tyler Bray could be the future of kansas city and can’t wait to see him take the next step by earning the privilege to be Alex Smith’s backup.

  • ladner morse

    I’m not sure how Chase Daniel would justify receiving a 3rd round pick from anyone. I don’t think there’s a GM out there who going to say, hey let’s give him a chance to start. If the Chiefs could get a 3rd I’d be elated and hope it happens asap. Bray has shown enough to warrant a chance at #2. His upside is unlimited but, if there’s anyone who can bring that talent out it’s the QB Whisperer, Andy Reid. Great piece!

    • Jim Harper

      QB Whisperer? That was perfect Laddie. I can’t stop laughing about it.

      • berttheclock

        I believe Redford is going to have to pack on a few pounds to play him in the upcoming movie.

    • mnelson52

      The part Bray is lacking seems to be mental. I don’t know if you can actually teach a person to think while everything is in motion, and that seems to be his problem. I hope I’m wrong because he has everything else to become a star.

  • berttheclock

    Chase Daniel, for 2014, is a $3.4 M cap hit with $2M dead money. Some believe he cost the Chiefs too much money, but, remember, at the time the Chiefs acquired him, there were other bidders who wanted him. Against San Diego, he really only had one bad pass, which was his first pass and came with inches of being a Pick 6 for Butler. However, he settled down and became a game manager.

    But, for a couple of terrible calls by the officials, he should have had a W next to his name.

  • Jim Harper

    Daniel showed he could step up for Alex with a fine game that he almost won by himself against SD, and there is not much of a savings in the cap by letting him go. I would be prone to giving Bray another year of seasoning before promoting him to the backup.

  •'defer='defer upperturion

    It’d be quite nice (and even more shocking) to see ANY drafted QB by the Chiefs develop into a quality NFL starter! Not holding my breath by any stretch………….

  • freshmeat62

    I haven’t ‘forgotten’ Bray. When the Chiefs signed him after the draft last year, I thought that might be the move of the year for Dorsey/Reid. And then seeing his arm in a couple of preseason games, was very exciting.

    I’d keep Daniel for one more year, as he did prove in that last SD game that he could play, and play a lot better than he showed in his preseason games. This would give Bray 2 years of understudy to Smith.

    I think it’s going to be interesting to see just how hard the Chiefs try to sign Smith for a long term contract. Do they think that 2 years under Smith will be enough to make Bray a starter? If they don’t sign Smith, that’s telling me they think Bray is the future.

  • CrispySBC

    I think there’re several teams that could be interested in Daniel. If any GM;s watched the Charger’s game I think they’d realize Daniel is worth a 4th rnd. pick (maybe even a 3rd) and darn cheap for $3.4 mil. as a potential starter. Can we get a trade partner in a hurry is the rub. The dead money makes cutting him almost impossible plus having a quality back-up is a great luxury in the NFL. Let’s hope there’s a team who has watched tape of the Charger game and covets Mr. Daniel.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Minnesota anyone? Jacksonville?

  • Patrick Allen

    Man I say keep Daniel no matter what. Dude balled with our backups, on the road in a game SD had to have. He’s Damon Huard with Tyler Thigpen’s legs. He can run some of the option stuff in the playbook that have for Alex. Bray should still be developed though because he could be the future. Daniel is the guy you want coming in for Alex if you need to win a few games while he is down with injury and you are making a playoff run. Bray is the guy you want coming in if Alex tears his ACL in the first game of the season.

    • Calchiefsfan

      I’d like to see Bray get one more year of training and see what he’s got before giving him the keys to the Caddie!

  • Troy Utt

    Bray fell in the draft due to maturity issues, and as we were all able to see from last pre-season there are multiple reasons to continue with his developement. An athlete with Bray’s raw skills don’t come along every day, so while we have a solid starter in place such as Alex Smith makes now the time to evaluate & mold what possibilities Bray may have.
    Reid will cut the cord if he is not the right choice for the Chiefs. But let’s eliminate him as a possible QBOTF before spending more draft picks on QB’s when we have so many other needs!

  • Michael Shaw

    I would have to agree with keeping Chase and have said in several posts back and forth with Mr. Micah that Tyler may be our QBOTF. Everyone needs to remember that the draftniks had this guy slated to go in the 3rd round and we got him as an URFA because nobody else wanted to deal with his attitude. If anyone can fix that, then I would think it is Andy. Bray definitely has the skill set to be a good QB or maybe even an elite one!!