Scots' Tanney lands NFL deal with Kansas City

Cathy Decker/Staff Reporter
Alex Tanney

Former Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney will be taking his skills to the NFL after signing a deal today with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tanney, the NCAA’s all-time all-division touchdown passing leader, took advantage of the Chiefs’ organized team activities (OTAs) last week to earn a spot with the NFL team. The 6-4, 220-pound signal caller becomes the final player on the Chiefs’ 90-man roster.

A three-time Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year and 2009 Melberger Award winner, Tanney will work out with the Chiefs and quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn prior to the Chiefs’ training camp, which will be held in St. Joseph, Mo., in late July.

“This is the opportunity Alex was looking for,” said Fighting Scots coach Steve Bell. “We’re pretty excited for Alex and what it means to him as well as to our program. He’s got the chance now to show what he can do and hopefully make the 53-man roster.”

Tanney – the fourth quarterback listed on the Kansas City roster – will battle for a regular season roster spot with eight-year veteran Matt Cassell, six-year man Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, two years removed from the University of Iowa.

“His accuracy and decision making is excellent,” said Bell of Tanney’s biggest strengths.  “Learning the NFL playbook should be similar to making the transition from high school to college. It will be more extensive than a college playbook, but Alex is a quick study, and I’m sure he’ll adjust quickly.”

It’s not Tanney’s first go-round with an NFL team. He had been on numerous teams’ draft boards through the final rounds and attended the Buffalo Bills’ mini-camp workouts in May after receiving a similar offer from Pittsburgh. His value to the Bills declined the first day of their mini-camp when they signed veteran Vince Young as their third quarterback. That move opened the door Tanney to try his luck with Kansas City.