When the Kansas City Chiefs line up for their first practice on Friday afternoon in St. Joseph, head coach Todd Haley will have all three of his quarterbacks in uniform and ready to go. Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko will be joined by rookie Ricky Stanzi.
The fifth round pick is reported to have signed on the dotted line for $2.2 million over four years. So far it looks as if Stanzi is just the second of the Chiefs draft picks that agreed to terms with seventh round selection Shane Bannon being the other.
While the folks at NFP are already assuming Stanzi will enter camp as Cassel’s backup, I have a hard time believing Haley is going to hand that spot to a rookie. There’s no doubt that Stanzi has a higher ceiling than Palko and will be in Kansas City longer, but it’s hard to throw a kid right behind a Pro Bowler before he’s even seen the playbook.
As the Chiefs get ready to hit the field this weekend, look for the rest of the Chiefs draft picks to sign their deals quickly.