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Signings of Terrelle Pryor, Da'Rick Rogers intriguing

1/8/2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs spiced up the often-dull world of January player signings with the addition of quarterback Terrelle Pryor and wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers.

Both moves are interesting. At quarterback, the Chiefs now have a crowded field of five: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray and Pryor.

There aren’t enough snaps for five quarterbacks at training camp anymore, not with practice sessions limited to one per day. Bringing five to camp makes no sense, but the Chiefs suddenly have a lot of possibilities and a lot of things to sort through at quarterback, so we shouldn’t sleep on the possibility.

Still, logic says the Chiefs will trim a quarterback long before then. It won’t be Smith, whom they just signed to a long-term contract extension as the starter. It doesn’t appear the Chiefs are ready to give up on either of the developmental prospects, Bray or Murray, without seeing them in one more cycle of offseason practices, training camp and the preseason.

That leaves Daniel or Pryor. Daniel is expensive as a backup. The Chiefs would save his salary of $3.75 million by releasing him from his contract. That’s a big savings for a team that figures to need all of the salary-cap space it can find.

Even if they release Daniel, Pryor’s roster spot is hardly a sure thing. He’ll have some things to prove to the Chiefs when they begin practice. He was, briefly, a starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in 2013 but they gave up on him quickly.

That, plus the fact he couldn’t get a job in 2014 despite working out for multiple teams, would indicate the Chiefs are taking a huge leap of faith by merely handing him their No. 2 quarterback job.

As for Rogers, he’s talented. He’s 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds and fast for a big receiver. While playing for the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, he had a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in which he caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, a performance that would have qualified as a good season for a Chiefs wide receiver in 2014.

But Rogers has had many off-field problems. He acknowledged failing three drug tests in college at Tennessee. He was arrested in September for DUI.

Rogers is a gamble but one with limited risk. If he has turned himself around the Chiefs might have a find in Rogers.