The KC Chiefs made the first big deal in free agency on Tuesday, and that’s three days before the actual free agency period begins. They did a deal with one of their own, signing quarterback Damon Huard to a three-year deal that will keep him a Chief and avoid becoming an unrestricted free agent. The signing of Huard could spell the beginning of the end to the tenure of Trent Green as Chiefs starting quarterback. Green missed a good portion of last season after getting slammed on opening day vs the Bengals and not returning till November.
Huard showed he was more than capable last season in leading Kansas City. He started eight games, and threw 11 touchdowns with just one interception. He threw for 1,878 yards and his 98 QB rating with second to Peyton Manning. Once Green came back in the lineup, the Chiefs, who were in prime position with Huard to make the playoffs, limped down the stretch, and got lucky on the last day of the season to slip into the playoffs as the number six seed. They lost to the Colts with Green as the QB 23-8 in the first round, with Green looking awful most of the day, throwing for just 107 yards and two INT’s.
Green could be in a position to start the season, then sit if the Chiefs get off to a bad start, or he can’t do enough to get the offense going. Next season Green is set to make $7.2 mil, and though he is signed through 2009, many don’t think that he will be in KC with his big contract if his string of poor play continues. Plus at 37 years old at the start of training camp, there is no doubt that bringing back Huard means that they look at him as the QB of the future.
Huard was 5-3 as the Chiefs starter last year, with Green going 4-4. If the Chiefs are smart, and with this signing they are showing that, they will give Huard every shot to win the starting job outright in training camp this year, starting a new era at QB for Kansas City.