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No, nobody's implying that Brady Quinn is auditioning for the starting job of the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs (unclench your fist; calm the vein in your forehead).
However, there is a (slim) chance that Quinn will be re-signed and retained in order to compete for the backup role next season.
While the passes of the former Heisman hopeful zip with a little more zing than his much-maligned counterpart, Quinn's production has actually lagged behind Matt Cassel's. Although No. 9 has led a Dwayne Bowe-less aerial attack for the past 10 quarters, no excuse masks his inability to find the end zone.
In a neck-and-neck battle of mediocrity, a stalemate between the two will force Kansas City's front office to weigh its options.
Cassel, who is wrapping up his fourth season with the organization, has started 42 more games than Quinn. If Kansas City plans on drafting a quarterback this April, the rookie will play the role of a gunslinging sponge and absorb as much information as possible throughout training camp. Cassel's aforementioned edge in experience bodes well for him as a potential mentor.
However, after this season is in the books, Quinn's one-year contract will expire, and Cassel's six-year deal will have two seasons remaining. While Kansas City would still be held accountable for $4.5 million worth of bonuses if the team were to release Cassel, it would also avoid paying out the quarterback's combined base salary of $16.5 million throughout those final two years (via Spotrac.com).
Alternatively, the Chiefs could also bid farewell to both passers and woo another veteran via free agency. But a standout performance in Week 17 would add a feather in Brady Quinn's cap.