3 Cheap Veteran QBs the Chiefs Should Sign to Compete With Carson Wentz

The Chiefs signed QB Carson Wentz to a one-year deal on Monday night
The Chiefs signed QB Carson Wentz to a one-year deal on Monday night / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill would be a bit more expensive than Hoyer likely, but the 35-year-old is nearing the end of his career and could chase a ring in Kansas City. He'd have an advantage over Wentz in a competition for the backup role, as he's the most proven free agent QB remaining on the market.

The former Dolphins and Titans' signal-caller was replaced by Will Levis last year, though still averaged 7.8 yards per attempt with 2,536 passing yards in 12 games in 2022. Tannehill's best year likely came in 2020 with 3,819 yards, 33 TDs and just seven interceptions, helping keep Tennessee in the playoff picture.

While he led the Titans to a No. 1 seed previously, he's never reached a Super Bowl and could help cement a successful career by making a deep playoff run even as Mahomes' backup.

Tannehill would be a bit of a luxury signing, though it's always wise to prepare for a worst-case scenario. If disaster strikes and Mahomes is forced to miss multiple games, Tannehill is the best available option and could be reasonably trusted more than Wentz.

If Wentz beat Tannehill out for the backup job, more props to him. You want an intense competition for the backup job and there's better choice to provide that than Tannehill.