There will be a competition at quarterback this offseason for the Chiefs, according to GM Scott Pioli, but we hear based on recent moves by the team, one signalcaller is already in the lead. Matt Cassel, who started nine games before hurting his hand and being placed on injured reserve, is familiar with the offense of new coordinator Brian Daboll. Both were in New England — Cassel as Tom Brady's backup, Daboll as the wide receivers coach — in 2005 and '06, and their familiarity should give Cassel an edge over whoever is brought in to challenge him. That player possibly could be Kyle Orton, Kansas City's starter the final three weeks of the season. Orton, a free agent, would like to play for a team where he has a chance to start. That possibly could be the Chiefs, who have good talent at the other offensive skill positions when healthy. However, with Cassel returning to the top of the depth chart, Orton might opt to sign elsewhere.