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.