Chase Daniel to Eagles: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

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Chase Daniel to Eagles: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction
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The Philadelphia Eagles reached an agreement with quarterback Chase Daniel on Wednesday, per Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN, reuniting him with Doug Pederson.  

Daniel signed a three-year deal, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The quarterback later confirmed his exit from Kansas City on Twitter but did not speak on the Eagles:

The deal is for three years and $21 million, with $12 million guaranteed, according to Caplan and Schefter. McLane added that the deal has a base salary of $1 million next season and $5 million in 2017. 

The Eagles announced the deal on Thursday.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reported the Eagles are not signing Daniel as a backup, and he will compete with Sam Bradford for the starting job.

However, Pederson said "Sam Bradford is the No. 1. Chase Daniel is the No. 2," on Thursday, per McLane

Daniel generated quite a bit of buzz as the offseason got underway, which came as a surprise given his extremely limited impact in the NFL.

The 29-year-old veteran went undrafted out of Missouri in 2009. He went on to split the first six years of his career between the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. He's rarely seen the field during the regular season, however, with just two starts under his belt.

Daniel did enjoy some success during the 2015 preseason. He completed 77 percent of his throws with five touchdowns and one interception. Most of those snaps came against second-team defenses, though.

Still, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was quick to praise Alex Smith's backup during that stretch of strong exhibition play, as noted by Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

"We feel Chase is a top-caliber quarterback," Reid said last August. "We're fortunate to have Chase here. … He took some hits, and he hung in there. That, to me, separates you a little bit."

Benjamin Allbright of KDCO stated the limited amount of tape available on Daniel at the NFL level showed a quarterback who's capable of playing well within a defined system but flashed little playmaking upside beyond that.

Perhaps the bottom line is that in the NFL, where the demand for reliable QBs far exceeds the supply, there's always intrigue surrounding an untested player like Daniel.

He ultimately decided now marked the right time to start another chapter in his career. Going back to the Chiefs would have left him in the same position he spent the previous three years, so it's understandable he wanted to try a different avenue.

Bradford's extensive injury history means there's a good chance he'll see the field at some point in 2016. How he responds when that opportunity arises will likely determine how the Eagles move forward.

With Daniel's connection to Pederson from their days in Kansas City, Herbie Teope of Chiefs Digest noted that familiarity will allow him to get up to speed quickly once he gets to Philadelphia:

Keeping expectations within reason is important. While the backup quarterback is often the most popular athlete in town, Daniel is 29 with just 77 career pass attempts and one touchdown on his resume. But Philadelphia is hoping he can provide some stability if called upon.

It's a worthwhile signing given the team's quarterback situation. That said, the search for a long-term answer at the position should continue.

  

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