NFL free agency 2013: Matt Moore re-ups with Dolphins, backup QB off the market for Chiefs

Peter Aiken

The Kansas City Chiefs have their starting quarterback in Alex Smith, but we do not know what their plan is for the all-important (in Kansas City, at least) backup quarterback. One option, Matt Moore, is now off the table.

Quarterback Matt Moore is now off the market, one of the top backup quarterback options. Moore was re-upped with the Miami Dolphins to backup Ryan Tannehill, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL Network. Moore was ranked the No. 1 free agent quarterback, according to SB Nation, if he hit free agency ... which he now won't.

Chiefs fans should remember Moore. He lit KC up in 2011, throwing for three touchdowns on 17-of-23 passing in a 31-3 blowout loss at Arrowhead.

Moore would've been a terrific backup quarterback for the Chiefs, exactly the type of guy I think they need to sign. Someone who has starting experience and can capably step in for a game or two if Alex Smith goes down.

The past few years in Kansas City have shown us the importance of a backup quarterback. In fact, I ranked backup quarterback as the third biggest need on the Chiefs roster. That's much higher than others but I look at it from the standpoint that the backup quarterback may have to start a game or two. To me, that makes the position extremely important.

The Chiefs, though, will have to continue looking. The options include hitting the free agent market where Brady Quinn will actually be one of the top available quarterbacks. They could also roll with Ricky Stanzi as their backup quarterback, but he's unproven at this point. Then the Chiefs could keep Matt Cassel as their backup. Unlikely, yes.

Predictions on the Chiefs next backup quarterback?

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