Can Chase Daniel pilot a competitive offense? Certainly. Can he step in and improve the win column? Sure.
Can he be an effective starter throughout an entire season?
Eh, two out of three isn't bad.
Burdened with then-foreign coaches and personnel, Alex Smith not only met 2013's expectations but his Pro Bowl jersey lays claim that he exceeded them. He's not going anywhere.
Tyler Bray possesses one of the strongest arms in the NFL—since 2008, per Ourlads, only one combine quarterback, Logan Thomas, has flung an individual pass with greater velocity than Bray (59 mph). While Bray's off-field demeanor and work ethic relegated him to the ranks of the undrafted, his tangible traits are unquestioned.
The skill set of this season's fifth-rounder, Aaron Murray, is tailored for Andy Reid's offense. He has four years of experience in a pro-style system—Georgia also deployed a spread offense on occasion—and he's an accurate passer with undersold arm strength. He's also elusive enough to evade pressure and move the chains.
Bray and Murray are two developmental projects with starting potential. Given their respective experience, penciling them in as the No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks isn't ideal, though.
Having said that, as a rookie, Bray netted a higher passer rating (83.3, per Pro Football Focus [subscription required]) than Daniel (76) throughout the 2013 preseason. And while Daniel's Week 17 start at San Diego was a welcomed sight, only one other team, St. Louis, allowed more yards per pass than the Chargers did in 2013. Don't let that game pull the wool over your eyes.
In all likelihood, the best-case scenario for John Dorsey would be to trade Daniel to a championship contender (who has a franchise quarterback already in place) and garner a sixth- or seventh-round pick in return.
If that plan derails, Kansas City can still gain $1.4 million in 2014 cap space by severing ties with the six-year veteran.
With the apex of free agency in the rearview, some may argue that the risk (inexperienced backups) might outweigh the reward ($1.4 million in cap room). However, even if the Chiefs didn't spend the aforementioned cash in free agency, the collective bargaining agreement still allows clubs to carry additional cap space over to the subsequent season.