Connor Halliday is reconsidering his decision to retire from pro football. Could he end up with the Kansas City Chiefs?
Former Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday appears to have changed his mind about not playing in the NFL. The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday that Halliday worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs and met with coach Andy Reid.
“I think it would be good for me to get my feet wet and learn the system under coach Reid,” Halliday told the Spokesman-Review in a text message, adding that he would also be open to the idea of playing the CFL.
This comes as a surprise after Halliday mysteriously left Washington in May right before rookie minicamp to return to Spokane. Washington had signed Halliday as an undrafted free agent, but he “retired” from football on the eve of minicamp.
Halliday set WSU record with 11,304 passing yards and 90 touchdowns. His career was abruptly shortened when he broke his leg against USC last November, but he had made what appeared to be a full recovery by the NFL draft.
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It’ll be tough for Halliday to make the Chiefs roster. Kansas City’s starter is Alex Smith, and former Missouri star Chase Daniel, ex-Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and ex-Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray are on the roster. Daniel likely will be Smith’s primary backup, so Halliday would have to fight Murray and Bray for the third quarterback spot, or even a practice-squad slot. Murray was the Chiefs’ fifth-round draft selection in 2014.
On the other hand, Daniel’s strong preseason performances for the Chiefs have also stirred rumors that he might be an attractive trade option to other teams looking for a starting-caliber quarterback, so that could open the door for Halliday.
When reached via phone by the Seattle Times Wednesday morning, Halliday declined to comment on the situation.
— The Cougs have begun preparations for their home opener against Portland State, reports WazzuWatch’s Scott Hood, who also notes that the competition for the starting running back job is going strong.
— The Spokesman-Review’s Jacob Thorpe says the Cougars’ offensive line should be a force this season
— SB Nation’s Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes, previews WSU and says — cue Captain Obvious — that Mike Leach will have the offense rolling.
— Also, if you missed this last week, the Pac-12 Network sent a reporter to take a stroll with Leach on his daily walk from his house to work. It’s worth watching.