WEDNESDAY, 3:03pm: Daniel’s three-year pact could be worth up to $36MM, including $12MM fully guaranteed, according to Caplan (Twitter links). The base value of the contract is $21MM, so it sounds like it may be heavy on playing-time incentives.
10:59am: The Eagles and Chase Daniel agreed in principle on a multi-year deal, according to Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link). It’s a three-year deal, per Peter Schrager of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Financial terms of the deal are not yet known.
The deal reunites Daniel with Doug Pederson who was his offensive coordinator in Kansas City. As a result, Daniel has been connected to the Eagles for much of the offseason and the coach did not hide his affinity for Daniel as a player. Daniel, in all likelihood, will slot in behind Sam Bradford as the starter in Philly. That would leave Mark Sanchez on the outside looking in and the QB presumably will not return as a third stringer. Given that this is a three-year pact for Daniel, it is fair to wonder if he might even have a chance to compete with Bradford for the starting role this summer.
Daniel, entering his age-30 season, is almost all promise — he’s only attempted 77 passes in his career while backing up Drew Brees and Alex Smith. But in a league where competent quarterback play is so rare (yet so needed), it’s easy to see a club taking a chance on Daniel as its starter. He’d already been one of the backups in the NFL, earning $3.33MM annually during his time with Kansas City.
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