In a league where almost half of the starters are first round draft choices, the Chiefs and Cowboys have quarterbacks who are at the other end of the scale. Matt Cassel was a seventh-round draft choice, the 230th player selected in the 2005 NFL Draft.
At least Cassel was drafted. Dallas starter Tony Romo came out of Eastern Illinois and was not drafted back in 2003. He signed with the Cowboys as a free agent. Both spent three years on the bench, seeing only mop up action before they got their first starts.
And for two guys at the bottom of the pecking order coming into the league, they have certainly been well compensated. Back in July, Cassel signed a six-year $63 million contract with $28 million in guaranteed money. At that point, he had started just 15 NFL games. In October of 2007, Romo signed a six-year contract extension with Dallas for $67.5 million, with $30 million in guaranteed payments. At that time, he had started just 17 NFL games.
QBs Cut From The Same Cloth … Saturday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz
But there they are, four games into their first season without Gonzalez in more than a decade, and Sean Ryan leads their receivers list. Ryan, a journeyman who caught 12 passes his first five NFL seasons, has 11 in leading the Chiefs.
Ryan has been a pleasant surprise for Chiefs from KC Star
Former Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, the team’s all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns, will be honored Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium before Kansas City plays Dallas.
Holmes was the league’s offensive MVP in 2002, and he played in 65 games over parts of seven seasons with the Chiefs. He retired during the 2007 season. Holmes spent his first four seasons in Baltimore.
Chiefs notebook | Holmes to be honored Sunday from KC Star
With receiver Roy Williams not expected to play Sunday at Kansas City because of bruised ribs, Miles Austin will get his first career start...
...For Austin, who has five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in four games, it's a chance for the most playing time he would have had in his four seasons.
"I'm just ready to go out and execute and take it on," Austin said. "That's the way I'm looking at it. Yeah it'll be exciting and my first time, but it's not going to change the way I play at all. Whether I'm starting or the third receiver, I'm going to give it my all."
Miles Austin Gets First Career Start for Dallas Cowboys from The Dallas Morning News
There’s at least one thing more amazing than these Washington Redskins not being the worst team in football.
Because, for example, these Kansas City Chiefs are far from the worst team in their own state.
It’s crowded at the bottom.
NFL is Crowded at the Bottom from The Norwich Bulletin
In 1963, after three tough years at the ticket office for both of the city's professional football teams, the Dallas Texans of the AFL relocated to Kansas City. When asked of this development at the time, Cowboys owner Clint Murchison Jr. joked, "We flipped a coin, and I lost."
The line was meant in jest, but Murchison's meaning wasn't without merit. Both he and Texans owner Lamar Hunt had lost millions in those first three campaigns and while each wealthy son of legendary Texas oilmen had the dough, it simply wasn't good business.
Going To Kansas City from DallasCowboys.com
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