Edmonton neg list QB Shane Buechele signs with Kansas City Chiefs

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A future potential franchise quarterback for the Edmonton Football Team has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The signing was first reported by Tom Pelissero.

Shane Buechele was projected as a sixth-round pick but ended up going unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with the Texas Longhorns (2016-18) before transferring to Southern Methodist University (2019-20).

The native of Arlington, Texas completed 63 percent of his passes for 9,276 yards, 69 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions in 38 games across both schools. He isn’t much of a runner, but has enough quickness to evade pass rushers when necessary.

Buechele was added to Edmonton’s exclusive negotiation list in September 2016, making him the second-longest tenured player on their list. The first is quarterback J. T. Barrett who was added in November 2014 and is currently a free agent following stints with the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Edmonton’s starting quarterback, Trevor Harris, will turn 35 by the time the 2021 season gets underway. His three backups — Jeremiah Briscoe, Taylor Cornelius, and Troy Williams — are all unproven at the CFL level.

The Chiefs have the best quarterback in the world in Patrick Mahomes with veterans Chad Henne and Jordan Ta’amu serving as his backups.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.