But so far, four different teams in three different leagues in two different countries have passed on the 26 year old quarterback -- and that was in 2009 alone. So what do the Chiefs see in the player that gives new meaning to the term "journeyman quarterback"?
The scrappy, left-handed quarterback from Pitt ended his 5 year collegiate career tied second for most touchdowns in a career with 66. Palko showcased his running ability by adding 12 rushing touchdowns, 11 of which occurred inside the red zone. Most impressively, Palko fell just short of Heisman trophy winner and NFL legend Dan Marino's record for most yardage in a career by just 254 yards.
New offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is familiar with the former Pitt Panther. Just two weeks prior to the hiring of Weis, the first-year starter Palko had the best game ever by an opposing Notre Dame quarterback when he put up five passing touchdowns.
Palko won the starting QB spot in his third year at Pitt, but had to battle for it again once Wannstedt replaced Walt Harris as head coach. Ultimately, Palko regained his spot as starting quarterback after beating out current Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco, causing him to transfer to Delaware.
Journeyman or not, this guy has some credentials.
Palko entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Although known for his film room intelligence, most scouts passed on Palko because of his decision making skills when dealing with oncoming pass rushers.
Palko tends to hold on to the ball way too long, which led to his 90 career sacks. After surrendering seven sacks in the preseason, Palko was released from New Orleans before the start of the 2008 season.
Many scouts were also scared off by the low ball positioning displayed during Palko's throwing motion. This was often the cause of deflected passes at Pitt, including as many as seven in a game against Rutgers.
When the Chiefs signed Palko back in March, it was widely viewed as just another arm for camp. However, Palko had other plans in mind when showing up to mini-camp and OTAs.
"Yeah, I think that Tyler has a chance," head coach Todd Haley said of Palko during OTAs. "I am excited about some of the things he is doing. He is like all the others, he is working hard to compete and give himself a chance to make the team."
Just a handful of days after Haley made those comments, the Chiefs released incumbent third string quarterback Matt Gutierrez, leaving just 3 quarterbacks on a roster of 80. Considering the Chiefs carried four at various times last season, this is sure to change.
Look for the Chiefs to bring in some more arms in the next few weeks. The young journeyman has not made this roster yet, but the release of Gutierrez is a good sign that Palko is making a statement to the coaching staff.
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