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Why the Kansas City Chiefs Should Make a Trade for Matt Hasselbeck
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The Kansas City Chiefs named Brady Quinn the official backup quarterback earlier this week. It should not come off as a surprise to many people. Quinn has been in the league longer while Ricky Stanzi did not play a regular season snap during his rookie season last year. Stanzi also stumbled in the two preseason games he played in.

In Week 2, Stanzi was sacked four times and committed two turnovers against the St. Louis Rams. Stanzi is projected to start the season as the No. 3 quarterback for the second time in his young career.

Meanwhile, Quinn will earn a chance that he never got with the Denver Broncos. In Quinn's two years with the Broncos, he sat behind Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton on the depth chart and never took a snap in the last two seasons. The last time he appeared in a regular season game was in 2009 while playing with the Cleveland Browns. The team he was facing, coincidentally, was the Chiefs.

Quinn and Stanzi have had some recent inactivity professionally. The backup quarterback spot was not the most exciting position battle to watch throughout training camp and preseason. Matt Cassel has two young backups behind him. Quinn has not played in two years while Stanzi has yet to play a snap in the NFL.

What happens if Cassel suffers another injury? If he goes down, how confident is head coach Romeo Crennel going to be with Quinn as the starter?

The Chiefs need an insurance policy behind Cassel in case he gets hurt again. The Chiefs did not have a reliable backup in Brodie Croyle in 2010 when Cassel had to miss one game while having to undergo an appendectomy.

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The Chiefs should aim to get Matt Hasselbeck on their team from the Tennessee Titans. Hasselbeck is currently backing up second-year quarterback Jake Locker.

In his first year with the Titans, Hasselbeck started all 16 games, throwing for 3,571 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Although Hasselbeck will turn 37 years old next month, the Chiefs would be better off having him as their backup quarterback over Quinn and Stanzi, even if it is for one season.

Hasselbeck's experience is nice to have as a backup. His achievements would be a bonus. Hasselbeck earned three Pro Bowl honors and led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006.

If Cassel goes down, the Chiefs would feel a lot more comfortable with Hasselbeck under center instead of Quinn. Although Quinn does have a strong college background, he did not carry that over to the NFL and his recent inactivity is another concern.

With Hasselbeck as a backup for the Titans, it is doubtful that the franchise would demand a high offer since they like Locker as their quarterback. A fourth- or fifth-round draft pick might be enough to satisfy both parties in a trade.

If the Chiefs are not interested in Hasselbeck, they can go after Vince Young, Jake Delhomme or Jeff Garcia, all who are free agents and have some experience that they can bring to Kansas City as a backup quarterback.

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