Daniel agreed to terms Wednesday with the Bears on a two-year, $10 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Daniel will receive $7 million guaranteed in the deal, which is voidable after one year in the event the veteran quarterback wants to test the open market. Regarded as one of the better backups in the NFL since going undrafted out of Missouri in 2009, Daniel has had the luxury of playing behind durable starters over his 10 seasons, attempting just 78 passes over that span. He'll replace the departed Mike Glennon as the No. 2 signal caller on the depth chart behind Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago.
Daniel played in just one game this season but did not attempt a pass. Daniel signed with the Saints this offseason but did not play a meaningful snap as the backup to Drew Brees, who has missed just two games in his 12 seasons in New Orleans. Daniel is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but having attempted only 78 career passes in his first eight seasons, he will almost certainly remain a backup with whatever team he signs.
Daniel was limited in Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. This is the first report of Daniel dealing with an ankle injury, so the severity is currently unknown. The quarterback is slated to start the season as Drew Brees' primary backup, but if this injury keeps him out of the team's season opener against the Vikings, newly-signed rookie Taysom Hill would be the only other healthy option at quarterback on the active roster.
Daniel completed seven of 12 passes for 80 yards in Sunday's preseason win against the Chargers. Daniel looked steady, delivering some short passes that gave his receivers opportunities to turn upfield for big gains. The veteran, entering his ninth season, has yet to get any extended looks during his career, but finds himself in a familiar scheme in New Orleans. Drew Brees has been durable during his Saints tenure, but any time a quarterback gets up there in age, it doesn't hurt to keep tabs on his backup.
Daniel signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Daniel was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, just one year into a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. His deal with New Orleans is believed to be for just one season. He'll compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for the top backup position behind starting quarterback Drew Brees.
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