Is the Chiefs draft of Aaron Murray a sign for Alex Smith?

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The Kansas City Chiefs selected quarterback Aaron Murray from Georgia with the 163rd overall pick in the NFL draft, a year after they signed veteran Alex Smith, a former first overall pick, in free agency.

Murray had a stellar career in college, throwing for 13,166 yards and 121 touchdowns with only 41 interceptions. He is the SEC’s career passing leader.  That’s pretty impressive playing in a conference known for having strong defenses. Unfortunately, Murray suffered a torn ACL on November 8 in a game against the University of Kentucky. He missed the NFL combine which certainly didn’t help his draft stock.

Smith is coming off of his first season as a Chief. He had a solid 2013 campaign throwing for 3,313 yards with 23 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Smith is known for his game managing style and his ability to make smart plays while under pressure. He is set to make $7.5 million next season but a new contract could be much higher, especially if Smith leads the Chiefs to another winning season.

Smith is at the end of his contract with the Chiefs and it seems that contract talks have stalled. Murray has the potential to fight for a starting job in the future, and could put pressure on Smith to lock in a contract and solidify himself as the franchise quarterback.

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