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Chiefs get fifth-round pick Murray under contract

The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Georgia QB Aaron Murray to a four-year contract on Wednesday.
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And then there was one. The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Georgia Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray to a four-year contract on Wednesday leaving only first-round pick Dee Ford left unsigned.

Murray started 53 games during his four year career at the University of Georgia and set several school records for quarterback play. Despite his collegiate success, he fell to the fifth round of the NFL Draft earlier this month.

Most experts believe it was a combination of his size (generously listed as 6-1, 210 lbs), his lack of a cannon arm that can throw the ball 60 yards downfield, and the ACL injury he suffered in his last regular season game in college that cost him a chance to play in post-season bowl games or participate fully in the NFL Combine.

However, the same experts agree that if Murray is to become a successful NFL quarterback, he came to the right place in Kansas City and head coach Andy Reid’s west coast offense. Murray’s strengths are his intelligence, pocket presence, outstanding footwork, and his skill at delivering the ball from a variety of arm slots with accuracy. His weaknesses? His height.

If his knee is healthy this summer, Murray will undoubtedly get the chance to fight veteran Tyler Bray for the #3 spot on the depth chart behind starter Alex Smith and back-up Chase Daniel. Smith has one year left on his contract and talks between his representatives and the Chiefs on an extension are on-going. If they break down for some reason, Murray could find himself fighting for the starting job in 2015.


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