On November 16, the Arizona Cardinals attempted to sign Kansas City Chiefs practice squad quarterback Shane Buechele to their 53-man roster. The Chiefs countered the same day by promoting Buechele to their 53-man. That move blocked Arizona from signing him, as reported by ESPN.
Kliff Kingsbury, the head coach of the Cardinals, was Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes‘ college head coach at Texas Tech. Mahomes called out his former coach for trying to snipe a player from his squad. On his press conference on Wednesday, Mahomes talked about the thwarted move and praised Shane Buechele.
“[Buechele] puts in the work every single day. He’s a guy that has a lot of energy and in that role when you’re not playing that first year, you can kind of lose it and you can kind of be lazy, but he hasn’t shown that. He’s been in every day with us, me and Chad (Henne), getting in and learning as much as possible.
I had to tell Kliff (Kingsbury) to stay away from my guy. But he’s someone who puts in the work and deserves this opportunity and I’m happy for him.”
There’s probably a little bit of a wink and a nudge in there. Mahomes maintains a relationship with his old coach. He’s also obviously got some major loyalty to Buechele.
Shane Buechele joined the Chiefs after a good preseason in 2021. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, having played college ball at SMU. Kansas City’s November 21 game against the Dallas Cowboys will mark Buechele’s first active duty in a regular season NFL game.
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