Let the QB Debate Begin in KC

QB Brady Quinn

It's been a banner free agent week for the Kansas City Chiefs. They've added several key players but none will have sports talk shows running amuck after the teams second signing Saturday night Quarterback, Brady Quinn.

As Warpaint Illustrated first told you Thursday evening, the Kansas City Chiefs were eyeing a quarterback that could compete with incumbent Matt Cassel. On Saturday afternoon, after securing right tackle Eric Winston to a four-year deal, the Chiefs announced they had also come to terms with free agent Quarterback, Brady Quinn.

This move suggests that the Chiefs have found a young quarterback in Quinn, that can compete with the man who has led KC's offense the last three years, the aforementioned, Cassel.

By adding Quinn to an offense run by new coordinator, Brian Daboll, this move could mean much more to the future of the Chiefs than one realizes. The fact Quinn is reunited with Chiefs Head Coach, Romeo Crennel, should indicate that he intends to let the competition for the starting job in Kansas City become a battle between Quinn and Cassel.

But the ironic item for me in signing Quinn at this time, comes from a comment made to me by the Chiefs former V.P. of Player Personnel, Bill Kuharich. When Quinn was sliding down the draft board back in 2007 and landed one spot ahead of where the Chiefs were positioned, a spot that eventually the Chiefs used for LSU Wide Receiver, Dwayne Bowe, Quinn nearly became property of Kansas City.

Kuharich told me after the Bowe selection that had Quinn been on the board, the Chiefs would have drafted the Notre Dame quarterback. That fact was backed up by then Head Coach, Herm Edwards, who told me the same thing.

Actually Kuharich had told me weeks prior that the Chiefs were very high on Quinn, who ultimately landed in Cleveland, where he began his NFL career under Crennel.

Quinn, who visited the New York Jets on Friday, has to love the lure of coming to Kansas City and getting another shot under Crennel. The last two seasons he's labored in Denver behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. Now he gets to step out of their shadows and resume his NFL career. One in which still has much promise left for the 27-year old quarterback to conquer.

For the past week, Quinn has been working out at the University of Kansas under Quarterbacks Coach, Ron Pawlus and Head Coach, Charlie Weis.

And maybe it was Weis who told Crennel while the two were watching a Kansas Basketball game together last month in Lawrence, who convinced his friend that Quinn was ready to lead an NFL offense in 2012.

We may not get that answer until sometime in September. But in the interim, this signing does serve notice to Cassel - that he suddenly has competition for the starters job in Kansas City.

Can QB Brady Quinn supplant starter Matt Cassel in 2012?

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