Chase Daniel, formerly of Mizzou football, will be starting another journey with another team, as he was released from the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Will Daniel ever become a starter?
In seven NFL seasons, Chase Daniel has seen two starts as an NFL quarterback. Both of those came during his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent time from 2013-2015.
Daniel’s record as a starter was 1-1 and he had one touchdown pass during those two starts, but he’s never seen any other opportunities to be the main man under center.
Part of why Daniel seemingly went to Philly, at least according to Jeff McLane of Philly.com, was because he was told he’d have an opportunity to start for the Eagles.
"Daniel signed under the assurance that he would be given the opportunity to start, and there were incentives built into his deal based on that possibility.But Pederson made it clear from the get-go that Bradford was the starter, and when Roseman pulled off his Wentz gamble, Daniel was the odd man out. In just one month, his already-extravagant contract had become irrational."
Philadelphia seemed like a logical choice for Daniel, as Doug Pederson, his offensive coordinator in Kansas City had accepted the head coaching job in Philadelphia and it made sense for him to take one of his guys with him. Daniel looked to have a shot at being the Eagles’ starter, as the organization only had Sam Bradford because Chip Kelly thought it’d be wise to trade for him.
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In case you were wondering, Kelly is also now unemployed in the NFL, so clearly that trade didn’t work out all that well for him. Bradford was shipped to Minnesota after Teddy Bridgewater was injured (more than likely for draft picks), and the Eagles had already drafted their next franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz.
The Eagles gave up a lot to draft Wentz with the second overall pick and it seemed pretty obvious that once Bradford was gone, Wentz would be the starter. That ended up being the decision and it might be painfully obvious now for Chase Daniel that he’ll never get an opportunity to be a full-time starter in the NFL.
From backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans to backing up Alex Smith in Kansas City to holding the clipboard behind a rookie quarterback in Philly, Chase Daniel has yet to be the guy that a franchise puts their trust in at the quarterback spot.
That’s not to say this is all bad for Daniel though, as he’s made bank in the NFL as a career backup.
When he signed with the Chiefs in 2013, Daniel’s deal was three years worth $10 million, which at the time was thought to be a lot for a backup quarterback.
When Daniel and the Eagles linked up, it was a three-year deal worth a whopping $21 million. The contract sent a message: We’re in an era now where backup quarterbacks are going to get paid handsomely, even if they don’t do much to earn that contract.
Chase Daniel was a prime example of that.
Once the Eagles inked their former starter Nick Foles to a contract recently, Daniel asked to be released and was granted his wish. The former Mizzou football star will now seek another opportunity in the NFL and maybe he’ll finally land somewhere that will give him a legitimate chance to start.
Daniel sure thinks he’s worth taking a chance on, stating,
"“I believe I’m a starter in this league.”"
That quote from Josh Alpin of Pro Football Talk shows that Chase Daniel is ready to take the next step and hopes someone will give him the opportunity to be a team’s starting quarterback.
What do you think? Will Chase Daniel ever become a full-time NFL starter?