Tyler Bray could become odd man out for Kansas City Chiefs

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

With all of the other QB talk in Kansas City, let's at least acknowledge the other guy standing in the room.

Let's talk about Tyler Bray for a minute. 

Between the contract extension talks for Alex Smith and the addition of Aaron Murray in the NFL Draft, there's a lot to talk about quarterbacks among Kansas City Chiefs fans. Unfortunately for Bray, none of it is about him. 

Chase Daniel is nestled just under Smith on the depth chart and signed a three-year deal last offseason. There's conversation to be had about Daniel's place on the roster as well, but that's not the realistic one. While some fans would like the Chiefs to find an additional million here and there by releasing Daniel, it's hard to imagine Andy Reid signing off on a plan that puts a raw quarterback one play away from leading the offense. 

That means Bray is the likely odd man out. Bray joined the team as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft, and he made the 53-man roster as the third quarterback on the depth chart. His big arm was definitely on display his junior year at Tennessee, where his big arm set the single game mark for passing yards (530). Bray's total that season remains No. 14 overall in SEC history. 

Interestingly enough, the Chiefs just drafted the SEC record holder for passing yards, completions, touchdowns, and total offense in Aaron Murray.

To his credit, Bray is a cheap option on the roster. He signed a 3-year, $1.5 million contract just last offseason, and it's impossible for Chiefs fans to know how highly regarded the team thinks of Bray's growth as a pro quarterback. The only time that Bray has seen time on the field was the 2013 preseason. The results: 21 completions in 40 attempts (52.5%) for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns to go with 1 interception.

The safest bet is that Daniel remains on the roster for at least another year to serve as understudy for Alex Smith while development continues among the youngest on the team. Bray and Murray will likely battle it out in camp, but it's hard to picture Murray not winning. The investment, experience, offensive fit, and talent is just too great for the Chiefs to not keep him around. 

The only question is whether Bray can remind everyone that he's too good to let go. 

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