KC Chiefs: Could Aaron Murray Be The Quarterback Of The Future


The KC Chiefs‘ starting quarterback is a no brainer headed into 2015. Alex Smith has been the Chiefs’ guy since being traded to Kansas City in 2013 and has given Andy Reid and company no reason to take him out of the starting spot.

The reason I’m writing up a post about Aaron Murray and his potential to be a franchise quarterback in Kansas City is due to a conversation I had with a friend the other night. My friend is really high on the former Georgia Bulldog and said that he’s not anti-Alex Smith, but is just really eager to see what Murray can do in a starter role.

It made me think if Aaron Murray could indeed be the future guy here in KC. Going into 2015, Smith is obviously the starter (barring any injuries) and many probably assume Chase Daniel is a shoe in for the backup spot, but I’m not so sure about that.

Daniel has been a reliable backup during his tenure in Kansas City, but he’s one of the highest paid backup quarterbacks in the league. This is the final year on Daniel’s deal he signed in 2013 and it’s doubtful that the Chiefs will re-sign him for 2016 and beyond. Plus, Daniel could probably earn a starting job for a quarterback needy team after this season, or even during this season. It’d be smart for Kansas City to consider trading Daniel if an opportunity arises this season.

With Daniel likely out of the picture in 2016, that leaves the backup quarterback position open for the taking. My guess is Aaron Murray will slide into that role depending on what happens this year obviously.

We’re talking about a kid who probably could have gone number one overall in the 2014 draft, but an ACL injury that ended his senior football season at Georgia in November of 2013 dropped his draft stock drastically. The Chiefs chose to take Murray over Alabama sensation A.J. McCarron (who the Bengals immediately snatched up with the next pick).

With all of the potential Murray showed in college, it’d be silly for the Chiefs not to let him have a backup role in the near future. John Dorsey is high on Murray and Chiefs fans are ecstatic about this kid. I very well think he could be the next Chiefs’ quarterback when Smith leaves.

To clarify, I’m not saying Aaron Murray will be the franchise guy anytime soon, but I could definitely see if Smith doesn’t return to Kansas City after his contract (or if things don’t pan out in the next few years) how Murray could take that number one job and keep it for a long time.

What do you think? Is it too soon to be thinking about this or do you think Aaron Murray could be the next superstar in Kansas City too?

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