Chase Daniel followed Doug Pederson to the Eagles where he will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Sam Bradford and rookie Carson Wentz this season. Daniel has been a career backup since 2009 with the Saints and Chiefs, but Pederson was the former offensive coordinator in Kansas City and sees potential in Daniel. Still, in 55 games he has made just two starts and is 50 of 77 passing for 464 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He would need Bradford to get hurt to be relevant in most Fantasy leagues, and he's not worth drafting this season.
Daniel is slated to join the Eagles, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. His deal with the team is reportedly for three years. While the Eagles have already elected to pay up in order to retain the services of starting QB Sam Bradford, Daniel now joins the team's backup mix, with the deal reuniting him with new Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson, who worked with Daniel while the two were both with the Chiefs. Daniel thus appears to be an injury away from a shot to helm the Eagles offense, but given Bradford's injury history, it's understandable that Pederson was interested in securing some trusted QB insurance.
Daniel will likely test the free agent market this offseason in hopes of competing for a starting role for another team, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. "We've had [Daniel] here for three years and I think Chase is a very competitive player. I think we're very lucky to have him as our No. 2 quarterback...At the right price I would try to retain him... I'm also a realist to know that at the certain point if he's getting starter's money I'm not going to be able to retain him," said general manager John Dorsey on Thursday. Daniel, who has served as the Chiefs' backup for the past two seasons, recently received some praise from his former offensive coordinator and current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who said that the Missouri product could be a starter. He has been a career backup with the Saints and Chiefs, but after seven seasons in the league it appears he wants his shot to be a starter at this level. He figures to garner interest during the free agent period from teams with unsettled quarterback situations.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Thursday that the team can afford to keep quarterback Chase Daniel in 2015, the Kansas City Star reports. However, Dorsey also gave no indication that Daniel is definitely in the team's plans moving forward. The backup quarterback is set to count $4.8 million against the team's cap in the final year of his three-year deal, while the Chiefs would pick up $3.8 million in cap room by releasing him.
Replacing an injured Alex Smith, Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel was able to do just enough to help lead the Chiefs to a 19-7 victory over the Chargers Sunday. Daniels completed 16 of his 27 pass attempts for 157 yards. While Daniel did not throw a touchdown, he also avoided throwing an interception.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been diagnosed with a lacerated spleen, an injury that will keep him sidelined for his team's pivotal Week 17 divisional showdown against the Chargers, trainer Rick Burkholde told reporters, per ESPN. Smith sustained the injury after taking a brutal hit to the abdomen against the Steelers in Week 16. He noticed the discomfort following the game, but did not believe it to be serious. Smith will not need surgery, although his injury will require a six-week timetable which will virtually keep him out for the remainder of the season, if Kansas City advances to the playoffs. The Chiefs will need to win against the Chargers and have the Ravens and Texans lose in order to clinch a spot in the postseason. Smith signed a five-year, $76 million contract before the start of the season. In 15 games, Smith passed for 3,265 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. For the second straight season, Chase Daniel will make a start in Week 17. Daniels completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in a last-minute overtime loss to the Chargers in 2013, which clinched San Diego a playoff spot. Kansas City opened as a 3-point home favorite. The line moved to 3 1/2 points, as of Friday before Vegas slashed the line due to the news of Smith's injury.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/06||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|12||11/29||Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||31||24.56|
|3 Year Avg||60.9||136||0||0||22||0||7|