AFC West: Quinn Gray

Chiefs cut quarterback Gray

March, 11, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson


Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs signed quarterback Quinn Gray in an emergency situation. He played in one game for the Chiefs.

Wednesday, with their quarterback situation in much better shape, the Chiefs terminated the contract of Gray.

The team traded for Matt Cassel last month. He will be backed up by Tyler Thigpen and Brodie Croyle. Thigpen ended the season as the starter after injuries sidelined Croyle and Damon Huard. Huard was cut and is now a backup in San Francisco.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Daunte Culpepper story could end in the AFC West.


It wouldn't be a surprise at all if Culpepper landed in the division. Culpepper, who last played in Oakland last season, is now open to playing again and his signing in Denver or Kansas City makes sense. The Chiefs would likely use Culpepper as the starter and Denver would use him as a backup to Jay Cutler now that Patrick Ramsey is out for the season with an elbow injury.

It makes more sense for Culpepper to end up with the Chiefs. The team did contact him Monday because of season ending injuries suffered by both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard in a 34-10 loss to Tennessee. The 1-5 Chiefs now have to resort to third stringer Tyler Thigpen as their quarterback. They also have backups Ingle Martin and the newly signed Quinn Gray. None of these three players appear to be the answer to help make the Chiefs competitive in the final 10 games of the season.

Culpepper would at least give the Chiefs a fighting chance. While Culpepper wants to return to a winner, there are no starting quarterback jobs available with a winner. If the Chiefs were to give Culpepper a two or three-year deal, he might be enticed.

The Chiefs will have to try to find their quarterback of the future in either the next draft or in 2010, depending on who is available. Culpepper could be a nice bridge for them for the rest of this season and while they groom the future starter.

The Chiefs, knee deep in a youth movement, don't want to sign any players over 29. Culpepper is 31. But they need to stray from plan in this particular case. After all, somebody has to be their quarterback. This is an emergency situation and Culpepper would be a nice solution.

As for Denver, Cutler is going to be backed up by Darrel Hackney, who will be promoted from the practice squad when Denver returns from its bye. Hackney has no NFL experience. If Cutler were to go down even for a game, Denver would be in trouble. Having a veteran option like Culpepper would be nice for Denver.

Thus, both of these AFC West teams seem like good options for Culpepper. Stay tuned to see if it happens.

Tough times in Kansas City

October, 22, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs put Damon Huard on the injured reserve Wednesday with a thumb injury. Not that Huard was the answer for Kansas City, but this is devastating for the Chiefs as far as the final 10 games of the season go.

The Chiefs also put starter Brodie Croyle on injured reserve with a knee injury. Both players were hurt during the Chiefs' 34-10 loss to Tennessee as they fell to 1-5.

Now, the Chiefs turn to Tyler Thigpen. He will be backed up by Ingle Martin and newly signed Quinn Gray. It wouldn't be a surprise if Martin and Gray play at some point during the season.

Thigpen has been ineffective. He threw three interceptions against Atlanta in his only start. It is very clear the Chiefs will try to acquire a franchise-type quarterback next year, but for now Thigpen will be given the chance to finish the season. But if he can't, the Chiefs will try to get by with Martin and Gray.

Of course, Thigpen's chances of succeeding in his second start Sunday at the Jets, will be even more difficult with standout running back Larry Johnson being inactive for the second straight week as a punishment for off-field issues.

Times are tough in Kansas City these days with little chance of a turnaround this season.

Broncos, Chiefs make moves

October, 22, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Broncos and the Chiefs made some moves Wednesday.

Denver put linebacker Boss Bailey and quarterback Patrick Ramsey on the injured reserve. Bailey will need microfracture surgery on his knee. He suffered the injury in the 41-7 loss at New England on Monday night. Ramsey was injured while spelling starter Jay Cutler in the second quarter. He has an elbow injury.

Backup offensive lineman Erik Pears was put on the on the reserve/non-football illness list after he had an emergency appendectomy.

Denver, at this point, is not expected to add a quarterback. Darrell Hackney will be promoted from the practice squad and he will be Cutler's backup.

Meanwhile, a source close to the situation said the Broncos are closing in on signing receiver Chad Jackson. His signing could be official in the next few days. Jackson, cut by New England this summer, worked out with Denver earlier this month. The Broncos liked Jackson when he came into the league as a second-round draft choice in 2006. Denver also may try to add a veteran safety soon.

In Kansas City, the Chiefs signed quarterback Quinn Gray to replace the injured Brodie Croyle. Gray worked out Tuesday. The team had talked to the retired Daunte Culpepper, but talks didn't progress.

Chiefs add a punter, look at QBs

October, 21, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs were busy Tuesday.

In addition to signing kicker Connor Barth and cutting kicker Nick Novak, the 1-5 Chiefs did some other personnel moves. They claimed punter Steve Weatherford, who was waived by New Orleans.

Punter Dustin Colquitt has been dealing with nagging injuries lately. The team put quarterback Brodie Croyle on injured reserve. He suffered a season-ending knee injury Sunday in a 34-10 loss to Tennessee.

The Chiefs also worked out quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski and Quinn Gray. The team is looking to adding a quarterback to replace Croyle.