Bears To Sign QB Chase Daniel

The Bears are expected to sign quarterback Chase Daniel to a two-year deal worth $10MM, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The deal includes $7MM guaranteed and it can void after one season. 

The void clause, as Rapoport puts it, gives Daniel options in the event that he “becomes this year’s Nick Foles.” If Mitch Trubisky gets injured and Daniel is a breakout star, he can become a free agent in 2019 and cash in.

This time last year, the Bears signed Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45MM deal with the notion that he would be the team’s starter. Weeks later, the Bears selected Mitch Trubisky high in the 2017 draft, which radically changed everything. Glennon got the hook after one month and Trubisky did not cede the starting job the rest of the way. Mark Sanchez was the only other quarterback rostered by the Bears last year and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

This time around, things are a bit more cut and dry. Trubisky is entrenched as the upcoming starter and Daniel is here to mentor and serve as the backup in the event of injury. Glennon has already moved on since his release and has signed to back up Sam Bradford with the Cardinals.

Daniel, 31, spent last season backing up Drew Brees with the Saints and has also had stops with the Eagles and Chiefs. He has two career starts, which both came while with the Chiefs from 2013-15. The Saints originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Missouri. Daniel has completed 65.4% of his passes in 78 career attempts, with a touchdown and an interception.

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9 comments on “Bears To Sign QB Chase Daniel

  1. leprechaun

    Not a surprise Nagy likes this guy a lot. Plus he is good in QB room where they will miss Mark Sanchez.

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  2. Z-A

    Every pass that Chase has thrown costs $307,692.31 and if he doesn’t throw a pass in the next two years it could increase to $435,897.44 per pass thrown. Now here’s the really high priced item. For every TD he’s thrown, it’ll cost you up to 34 Million Dollars. By comparison, the biggest perceived thief in the NFL Sam Bradford is cheap: $39,516.59 per pass thrown and a mere 1.129 Million per TD.

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    • One Fan

      So whats your point? Bears are not paying per pass or TD they are paying for insurance. Hopefully he never has to throw a pass. He is the back up and happy to pay him $5 million to be an insurance policy. That is what a back up is.

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  3. Rondon

    “This year’s Nick Foles”? Ah, that’s some serious wishful thinking.

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    • joparx

      I don’t think any bears front office member to the fans want to see him become this years nick foles, that means something bad has happened to trubisky

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  4. Grebek7

    I won’t miss seeing the ” butt-fumble” artist not dressed, holding a clipboard, rubbing Trubisky’s back for 5 mil/yr. Pace pissed away over 50 mil last free agency. Hopefully Nagy & Vic are steering the ship in 2018 b/c outside of Trevathan, Hicks & one year of Freeman; Pace has been awful at adding FA’s 3 years running. Cautiously optimistic about signings so far, but the guy better hit homeruns with 1st & 2nd picks. EDGE RUSHER, CB, LT, WR. Do not match offer for Fuller for one good season that included injuring his teammate Leonard Floyd’s knee with a blind attempt at a tackle. Glennon, Wheaton, Marcus Cooper, Demps, Sims, Sanchez, etc. Awful

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