With Brodie out for 2-4 weeks, the Chiefs management apparently feels we need a little more QB depth.
That raises some questions:
Why would need 4 QBs? Croyle isn’t going to get cut, right? So why would we bring in someone as an immediate, long-term answer? Is Thigpen not good enough? Why would we want to sign someone who has bounced around on the Packer and Titan practice squad for two years?
Huard has us covered for the short term. And some (including Herm and Chan, apparently) still think Thigpen could eventually be at least a solid starter. He may not be ready this week, but there’s no one out there that right now, clearly has more potential to be a solid starter than Thigpen.
So if Huard gets hurt within the next 2-3 weeks, Thigpen gets a chance to show what he can do for a short stretch. That way he picks up some more valuable experience.
So why even sign Martin? Because we could use a 3rd working QB to help act as a scout team player and emergency QB in the next couple games.
It seems as if the Chiefs’ management is thinking: why sign Rattay or Simms (and pay them “former starting veteran” money) to only be an emergency QB? Sometimes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So while he’s with us, he’s auditioning to be our #3 QB next year (if we jettison Croyle, Huard, or Thigpen for demonstrating they now lack minimum ability to start).
If you recall, that’s what the Chiefs did with their roster last year, signing Barksdale, Baldwin, and Tyler Thigpen to the team. The #51, 52, and 53rd players on the team weren’t going to get any playing time, anyway; it acted as a tryout. And while Barksdale and Baldwin were later cut, Thigpen stuck. Later in the season, we brought in Pat Thomas; he’s now our starting MLB. So expect the Chiefs to continue to play with the final few slots on the roster. It’s almost like an expanded practice squad; the Chiefs will sign players for a few weeks and take a look at them, see if it is worth bringing them back in the spring.
As for this specific situation: It’s a win-win. If he has some talent that the Packers or the Titans couldn’t see because he was buried on the depth chart taking a bare minimum of snaps with the 3rd team, then we win because we found that talent. If he is truly bad enough to not be a project for a future starter, well, what hopes for the playoffs or for a future franchise QB do you harbor for a what really amounts to a #4 QB? How much does it cost us to determine that for ourselves? No draft picks; little money. It’s almost totally risk-free, and we get an extra arm to act as scout QB.