Will Grier, QB
The 26-year-old Grier hasn’t lived up to the hype in Carolina, but to be fair, he hasn’t gotten an honest shot either. Grier was selected during the Ron Rivera regime, and was expected to back up Cam Newton when he entered the league in 2019. In 2020, the team moved on from both Newton and Rivera, and new head coach Matt Rhule acquired Teddy Bridgewater. Now Rhule has turned to Sam Darnold, and Grier will start over elsewhere.
Grier underwhelmed in limited role in 2020 but there’s no better place for a young, freelancing QB to develop than in Kansas City with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs have to be comfortable in 2021 with Chad Henne, but at 36, Henne is in the twilight of his career. If the Chiefs see any potential in Grier, they could pull the trigger on a younger backup.
It’s worth pointing out that Rhule chose to keep P.J. Walker as his No. 2 behind Darnold, but there’s a history there. Walker was Rhule’s signal caller at Temple from 2013-2016, where he became the Owls’ all-time leading passer in several categories. That relationship, coupled with the fact that Rhule had no part in acquiring Grier, probably made it an easy choice for Rhule.