White Signs Free Agent Contract with Chiefs

After the Kansas City selected quarterback James Kilian in the seventh round of the NFL Draft last Sunday, reporters asked Chiefs Coach Dick Vermeil about Oklahoma quarterback Jason White. Well hee must have liked the idea of it because today the Chiefs signed the former Heisman Trophy Winner to a free agent contract.

After one of the best off-seasons in team history including the addition of Texas Linebacker Derrick Johnson and making the trade for Cornerback Patrick Surtain. The Chiefs added a former Heisman Trophy winner, Jason White to their stable on Thursday afternoon.

Its no surprise that a team took a flyer on last year's Big 12 Offensive Player of the year but that it come from the Chiefs had to stir some heads in NFL circles. Kansas City entered the 2005 NFL draft with plans to draft a young quarterback and most thought with the addition of Tulsa Quarterback James Kilian that need was fulfilled.

But on Thursday afternoon that all changed with the addition of White. Now the knock on White is his surgically repaired knees plus some question his arm strength. Hey Joe Montana threw about the ugliest ball in the NFL and he's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a war-chest of Super Bowl rings and MVP hardware.

White managed to earn a few awards besides the Heisman at Oklahoma. He won the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards. Not bad for a guy many NFL scouts thought could not deliver the goods on game days.

In 2004, White threw 198 consecutive passes without an interception. Against their Big 12 North Rival, Nebraska he threw a record 18 straight completions. For the season, the Sooner great threw 35 touchdowns and threw only nine interceptions.

With the addition of White, that puts the likelihood of Kilian making the final roster moved from slim to none. The Chiefs also have last year's undrafted free agent quarterback Casey Clausen playing in NFL Europe.

With Todd Collins firmly planted as the back-up for at least one more year and it would appear that White has a decent shot to make it as the third string quarterback with the Chiefs.

White will be at the Chiefs Rookie Mini-Camp this weekend. He's no stranger to Arrowhead considering he's played in two consecutive Big 12 Championship games in Kansas City.

With that being said, fans from around this region will be rooting for White to make the Chiefs final roster.

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