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Chiefs discuss RG3, Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton at 2012 NFL Combine

Posted Feb 24, 2012

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli re-iterates Matt Cassel is the Chiefs starting quarterback; team will meet with RG3 and is trying to re-sign Kyle Orton

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will meet with the Chiefs Friday night at the NFL Combine. The quarterback revealed the Kansas City portion of his itinerary while fielding a furry of questions from the Combine podium Friday afternoon.

Griffin said he would meet with Cleveland Friday night as well. Each of the NFL’s 32 teams is allowed to meet with 60 prospects for 15-minute interviews at the Combine.   

Speaking less than an hour after Griffin left the podium, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli gave his reasons for scheduling Griffin as one of the club’s 60 interviews.

“You do your homework because you never know what’s going to happen with a player,” Pioli said. “We have the 11th pick, but you never know where you are going to be and you never know where he’s going to be. Right now there are 10 teams ahead of us throwing out all kinds of smoke signals as to what they’re going to do.

“You never know. You never know.”

Specific to the future of the Chiefs quarterback position, Pioli re-iterated that he’s looking to increase competition but made it clear Matt Cassel is the team’s starter.

“Matt is our starting quarterback,” Pioli said. “There is going to be competition. I know that there has been a lot of focus on the quarterback competition, but I want to be clear on this.

“What we’ve said is that we are going to have competition at every position, including the quarterback position. When we talk about that it’s not just exclusive to the quarterback position or to Matt Cassel.”

The Chiefs would prefer that competition comes in the form of Kyle Orton, who went 2-1 as a starter several weeks after Cassel suffered a season-ending hand injury.

Orton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13th.

“We’ve talked with Kyle’s people and we’ve talked to Kyle,” Pioli said. “It sounds like Kyle would like to be with us and we’ve told Kyle that we’d like to continue working with him. It’s just a matter of seeing if things arrive at the right place.

“It’s not always about if we want a player or if the player wants to be here. Things have to work out and there has to be a mutually agreed upon solution.”

Pioli declined to discuss any intentions of pursuing Peyton Manning if or when Manning is released by the Colts.

“There are rules in place and I’d never talk about a player on another team or even a player that’s projected to become a free agent that’s on another team,” Pioli said. “There are rules that prevent me from talking about those things, so I won’t comment on that now.”

The Chiefs currently have two quarterbacks under contract for 2012 – Cassel and 2011 fifth-round draft pick Ricky Stanzi. Tyler Palko will become an exclusive rights free agent on March 13th.

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