The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to decline the option of retaining quarterback Nick Foles. That opens the door for the team to draft a quarterback early.
It has been expected for a while now that the Kansas City Chiefs would decline the contract option on backup quarterback Nick Foles. The journeyman backup was simply an expense the team could not afford given other pending contracts. However, the release of Foles brings an added benefit as there will now be a clear opening for a quarterback to be added in the upcoming draft.
The quarterback position as a whole has been a huge topic of discussion all offseason. Many fans are clamoring for a change at the position. Of course, when presented with the alternative options, it quickly becomes clear that Alex Smith isn’t going anywhere. That’s why this decision to move on from Foles is so important.
Chiefs fans should expect the team to make an early effort in the draft to grab a quarterback. It should also be assumed that the team has someone in mind. Though the cap relief in releasing Foles is important, KC did have other options. That means they have made at least some kind of decision regarding the future at quarterback.
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There are no shortage of possible options. Already there have been many articles posted that tie various college quarterbacks to Kansas City. Of course, realistically, we are no closer to knowing who that player might be.
I have been of the opinion for a while now that the Kansas City Chiefs would stick with Alex Smith until a quality future option presented itself. The Chiefs were rumored to have been interested in Paxton Lynch last year. Of course, the Broncos ruined that, and may actually be paying for it. However, that rumor, along with the recent report on Foles, lends some credibility to the idea that the team is looking for their quarterback of the future.
I won’t venture a guess on who it is that the Kansas City Chiefs like right now. More than likely, they have a few names circled. It will be interesting to see what John Dorsey is willing to do to get that quarterback. If it is one of the top names in the draft, they will likely have to trade up. It could also be that the Chiefs like a quarterback that nobody is even considering yet.