Shane Buechele’s Kansas City Chiefs future
In the 2021 NFL Preseason Shane Buechele put his early NFL talents on display including a late fourth quarter winning drive against the San Francisco 49ers. Throwing for over four hundred yards and three touchdowns, the development of Buechele looked to be one the Kansas City coaching staff was excited about.
Buechele spent a majority of his rookie season on the Chiefs practice squad. During his time there he was able to learn how to be a professional and soak in the knowledge of those around him. Is it possible that Buechele is grooming himself to be the answer for another team down the road?
We have see this happen more recently with NFL teams and developmental quarterbacks. It is rare to see a first year quarterback come in and become All-Pro the first day they step onto the field. Shane Buechele may be undersized but the I.Q. is there and the learning curve and fine tuning could be just what he needs to get an opportunity.
In the 2021-22 NFL season, Buechele was signed to the active roster keeping him from signing to another teams active roster. It was the first time such thing had been done for the quarterback. it was rumored the Arizona Cardinals were attempting to sign him with a depleted quarterback room.
The Chiefs have enough confidence and sample size in Buechele and have acknowledge this by showing they aren’t willing to let him get away from them. The Patriots did the same with Jimmy Garoppolo until finally trading him after three seasons. Could the Chiefs be planning the same thing?
With Chad Henne having his contract expiring and no news of the Chiefs looking to bring him back, Buechele would then be moved into the back up quarterback role. The talent level is there for Buechele and if anything happens to Mahomes, Chiefs fans would get a taste in what they have in him.
Will he become a lifetime back-up or will we see him get a chance to lead a franchise? The answer is something we can only speculate but the future is trending in the right direction for the former SMU Mustang.