Kansas City Chiefs Sign Fifth Round Draft Pick Aaron Murray

And then there was one.

Aaron Murray is the fifth of six Kansas City Chiefs draft picks to have signed his contract, multiple reports confirm. Here are some of the famous people who announced the signing.

Over the Cap suggests Murray’s contract will be worth in total around $2,402,424 with an $182,424 signing bonus. His cap number this year will be $465,606 and top out at $735,413 should Murray stick around for the full contract.

Kansas City desperately needed to start developing their own quarterbacks, and not just starting quarterbacks. The Chiefs have been hit by salary cap problems and poor play in recent years when their starting quarterback went down. Things were so bad at the position that one of John Dorsey’s first moves was to overpay Chase Daniel to come to Kansas City and be Alex Smith’s backup – Smith, of course, being the guy the Chiefs gave up two second round picks to obtain.

Being able to draft and develop your own quarterbacks does not stop at starting quarterback. The $3 million in potential savings the Chiefs could receive in 2015 should Daniel be cut is extremely valuable. Quality, affordable play at quarterback at every level is the most valuable thing an NFL team can have on their roster. It appears Dorsey is making an effort to improve that quality and depth.

For his part, Murray may be the Chiefs’ best quarterback prospect since Todd Blackledge was the seventh overall pick in 1983. Tony Dungy went as far as to say Murray was the best quarterback prospect in the draft before Murray tore his ACL. Not a shabby pick in the fifth round, no?

Murray brings the core of what Andy Reid is looking for in a quarterback with him: he’s smart, extremely accurate, and can make all the throws both in the short passing game and the deep passing game. No, he’s not going to launch a ball 85 yards, but how often does a quarterback ever really need to do that? Murray proved he has plenty of arm for the down field passing attack while at Georgia, and had a great deal of success doing it.

It would seem as if Alex Smith will be around a few more years to be the starting quarterback. Should the plan change, Murray has the tools to step in and be a starting NFL quarterback. Will he ever get the shot to be that guy with the Chiefs is the question.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Aaron Murray Kansas City Chiefs

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  • paul pace

    There is a good possibility that one day Murray will be a starter. Will it be with the Chiefs?

    • mnelson52

      Yes as long as Reid stays the coach. Everything he does fits Reid’s offense perfectly.

  • area

    Prophesizing who the exact 3 QBs KC keeps is nuts. 2 early 2nd red picks all but assures AS11 will be there for the foreseeable future. Tyler Bray has the most effortless throw I’ve seen in years but lacks mobility and experience. Aaron Murray ran a pro style offense in the sec for 4 years and that is nothing to sneeze at, has a suitable arm, great mechanics, team leader, 6′ even, smart….wait…he’s a younger version of Chase Daniel- without the price tag. I’ve been wrong a lot in my life..but I’m betting that Daniel is trade bait.

    • berttheclock

      Perhaps with Detroit. Their new OC worked with him with the Saints.

  • berttheclock

    Far, far, far from a wasted pick. St Joe will be very interesting.

  • ChiefTucson

    Todd Blackledge – REALLY????? With all the other options we had to draft. That year was the best draft ever for QBs

  • Stacy D. Smith

    That’s my quarterback (of the future). #singletear

  • mnelson52

    Although Bray has the stronger arm, Murray will be our 3rd string qb because he can make all the throws and is pretty good at reading defenses. Basically he needs less developing to be ready to start. That’s not to say Bray couldn’t develop into a starting qb, but it looks like it may be for another team. It is most likely someone will grab him off of the practice squad.

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    This is really the only pick the Chiefs had this year that I actually liked. Murray could be one heck of a QB and was considered to be a first rounder last year. He would have gone sooner if he didn’t get hurt at the end of the year so we might have gotten away with a steal.

  • e_racer

    The new CBA has stopped a lot of the negotiations that drag on and on. The Chiefs only have one remaining drafted player to sign. Dee Ford is the only remaining draft pick not signed by the Chiefs. I hope they wrap up the negotiations soon.

    The Chiefs need to move onto other issues such as getting Alex Smith under contract.

  • Blake Molina

    I’m interested to see who ends up possibly becoming “the guy” in a couple years between Bray and Murray. Should make for some great competition