Daniel reunites with Pederson, signs three-year deal with Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The Eagles plans for 2016 at the quarterback position are set as the team agreed to terms with former Kansas City backup Chase Daniel on a multi-year deal.
An NFL source confirmed to 973espn.com that it's a three-year deal worth, $21 million with $12 million guaranteed, significant numbers for a backup quarterback.
The move obviously reunites Daniel with first-year Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who was Daniel's offensive coordinator in Kansas City. He is expected to backup Sam Bradford, meaning Mark Sanchez will be released.
Daniel, 29, is a long-time backup to both Drew Brees and Alex Smith and has attempted just 77 passes in his NFL career but he's highly-regarded for his football IQ.
Many speculated he would be brought in by the Eagles as a "bridge starter" to a rookie prospect had the Eagles been unable to work out anything with Bradford, similarly to the way Pederson was brought in by Andy Reid back in 1999 to mentor Donovan McNabb.
“Given an opportunity, yes, I think he can be (a starter),” Pederson said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. “The people that obviously worked with him for the last three years know that he has an opportunity there (as a free agent), and hopefully he gets his chance.”
In three seasons with the Chiefs, Daniel completed 43-of-68 passes for 409 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He went undrafted out of the University of Missouri in 2009.
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