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Kansas City Chiefs: Quarterbacks the Team Should Target and Consider for 2013

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs: Quarterbacks the Team Should Target and Consider for 2013

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    Last week, I talked about quarterbacks who the Kansas City Chiefs should stay away from this offseason. In this slideshow, I will go over quarterbacks the Chiefs should target and consider for this upcoming season.

    In an interview with 610 Sports Radio, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said that there isn't a quarterback worth taking with the No. 1 overall pick, which made the local members of the media rethink whether or not the Chiefs will strike and take a quarterback with the first pick.

    But you never know.

    The Chiefs have some options this offseason and can acquire a quarterback through free agency, trade and the draft. In fact, the Chiefs need two of them.

    Matt Cassel, who was benched for most of the second half of the 2012 season, is probably going to be traded or released while Brady Quinn only signed a one-year contract with the team last year.

    Who do you think the Chiefs should go after? Do you agree or disagree with this list? Let me know in the comments below after reading the slideshow.

QBs out of the Question: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Ravens QB Joe Flacco

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    Chiefs fans would love either Colin Kaepernick or Joe Flacco.

    Flacco's won a playoff game each year with the Baltimore Ravens and led them to an AFC Championship game three times with an opportunity to punch his first ticket to the Super Bowl this year. Even though Flacco becomes a free agent, the Ravens won't let him walk. Especially when you consider the three AFC Title appearances he has brought to the Ravens.

    Meanwhile, Kaepernick's only had one good season in the NFL. But what makes him different than Cassel who had one big season with the New England Patriots? Cassel didn't get the chance to win a playoff game while Kaepernick not only helped the 49ers earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC, but also helped the 49ers defeat the Green Bay Packers.

    Both Kaepernick and Flacco will be retained by their respective teams after their phenomenal seasons. Unless controversy rises within the team about contract talks, don't expect them to wear a Chiefs jersey next season.

49ers QB Alex Smith

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    Alex Smith started the first nine games of the season and suffered an injury against the St. Louis Rams in Week 10. That was when Kaepernick came through for the 49ers and Smith has passed the ball once since then.

    The comparison between Smith's first four years in the league and the previous four years don't come close. He's come on strong in the past four seasons and has helped the 49ers improve with him.

    In the past two years, Smith started 25 games and threw for 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

    If the 49ers decide to go with Kaepernick, the Chiefs could negotiate a deal with the 49ers to land Smith to Kansas City.

Dolphins QB Matt Moore

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    Starting Matt Moore at quarterback might be a risky move. He's been inconsistent in his career with the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins.

    But with Quinn likely leaving after throwing a touchdown pass in one of the 10 games he appeared in, the Chiefs will need a new, and better backup quarterback.

    Moore, who becomes a free agent this year, has started 25 games in his career. If he decides to leave Miami, the Chiefs should consider bringing Moore in as a backup. If the Chiefs bring in a new starting quarterback and if he suffers an injury, they would have a viable backup in Moore, unlike others in the past with Quinn, Tyler Palko and Brodie Croyle.

Bills QB Vince Young

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    The 2009 and 2010 seasons were the two best years of Vince Young's career. He's shown what he is capable of, but has had more down years.

    Young, while with the Buffalo Bills this year, didn't see any action in 2012 and will want an opportunity somewhere else.

    Andy Reid, who signed Young in Philadelphia, might want to bring him in again as a backup in Kansas City.

    There isn't a strong case that could be made for Young, but don't be surprised if Reid contacts his agent when free agency begins.

Jets QB Tim Tebow

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    Surprised?

    Tim Tebow might be the most disliked quarterback in the NFL. But let's be realistic. No one said being a great passer in the NFL is required in order to win.

    Even through some of the "ugly" wins, Tebow has a career record of 10-7, including postseason games, as a starter.

    He stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers last year when he led the Denver Broncos to an overtime win with just one play to seal the win and advance. He also threw for 316 yards against a top ranked pass defense.

    No. The chances of him being in the top 10 in passing yards each year are unlikely. But he will find you ways to win in the NFL, unlike Mark Sanchez, the player he backed up this past year for the New York Jets.

    If Chiefs fans want to see wins, why not give Tebow a shot? This all depend on what Reid and new general manager John Dorsey want, but Tebow does deserve some consideration.

West Virginia QB Geno Smith

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    Geno Smith tied third in passing and finished first in touchdown passes in college football's 2012 season.

    And although Hunt echoed the thoughts of many fans when he said there isn't a clear-cut quarterback to take with the first overall pick, who is to say Smith is not worth the top pick?

    In 2007, no one said that about JaMarcus Russell or Brady Quinn back when there was a debate over who should go first overall to the Oakland Raiders. Today, Russell is out of the league and Quinn is struggling to find a home in the NFL.

    Smith deserves an opportunity with the Chiefs if the team does not address the quarterback position through free agency.

    If the Chiefs pass on Smith, but still want a quarterback through the draft, they may target Tyler Wilson from Arkansas, Matt Barkley from USC or Mike Glennon from North Carolina State.

Overview

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    With a new head coach and general manager taking over the franchise, the likelihood of Cassel and Quinn staying are close to none.

    The Chiefs will have a new quarterback this season starting under center in Week 1. The question is, how will the Chiefs address that and are the quarterbacks mentioned in this slideshow one of the candidates?

    If the Chiefs snag their quarterback before the draft, that allows them to be more flexible in the draft by taking someone else with the top pick or trade down and add more flexibility.

    In the end, the new quarterback will come into a team that has some talented players to work with on offense, making it possible for the Chiefs to rebuild quicker than some might think.

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