According to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero — and confirmed by other sources — on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs signed former Michigan (and Ole Miss) quarterback Shea Patterson.
Former Michigan QB Shea Patterson is signing with the #Chiefs, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 3, 2020
The news was confirmed by friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.
This move comes a week after the yearly rush to sign premium undrafted free agents immediately after the NFL Draft. In the last couple of days, some reports had indicated that Petterson was about to be signed by the New York Giants — but it appears those reports were premature.
Patterson, 23, is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana who spent two seasons at Mississippi before transferring to Michigan.
In two seasons (26 games) with the Wolverines under former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh, he completed 424 passes for 5,661 yards — with a completion percentage of 60.1 — and threw 45 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions for a passer rating of 144.2. He also rushed for 323 yards (and scored seven touchdowns) on 163 attempts.
Regarded as one of the top college quarterback prospects in the nation, Patterson ended up going undrafted at the conclusion of his collegiate career. He will be competing with Jordan Ta’amu (who was Patterson’s backup at Ole Miss — and got the Rebels’ starting job when Patterson transferred to Michigan) to become the Chiefs’ third quarterback behind Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne.