The Kansas City Chiefs did something no one thought they’d do in the NFL Draft, they didn’t take a quarterback. But Andy Reid didn’t wait long after the draft ended to get his quarterback. Former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray was once projected as a first-round pick but went into a free fall and ended up going undrafted.
Naturally, these two parties were made for each other and now they’ve become a pair. The Kansas City Chiefs have signed undrafted free agent quarterback Tyler Bray, per a report from ESPN’s Field Yates.
QB Tyler Bray, undrafted out of Tennessee, has agreed to a deal with the Chiefs, according to a league source.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 28, 2013
Bray wasn’t actually a top prospect, but he was being touted as one that may go around the time we saw a run on quarterbacks int he fourth round. But when he wasn’t called, the chances looked slim as to him being picked, but regardless, he ended up with an NFL home.
The Chiefs have Alex Smith, and reportedly wanted to get Matt Barkley if he fell to them at the start of Saturday’s fourth round, but when they missed out on him they just opted to avoid a quarterback altogether. However, Andy Reid is cognizant of the fact that Alex Smith might not work out and even if he does, he’s already been in the league for over seven years now.
Bray is the perfect fit for the Chiefs, as he’s not going to challenge Smith and make him feel uncomfortable like he was with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. Bray will be able to learn from Smith and Reid but not step on anyone’s toes while doing so, and when he needs to be called up, he could be an Aaron Rodgers type of guy who steps in and learns quickly after spending significant time on the bench.
There is no guarantee that Bray will work out, but this is a move that satisfies both those who wanted to draft a quarterback and those who believe Smith can’t be pushed by the presence of a younger quarterback gunning for his job and his paycheck.