Daniel signed with the Chargers, where he'll back up Justin Herbert. The contract will push him over $38 million in career earnings for 261 career pass attempts. If you're not in a dollar-per-snap league, Daniel can be ignored unless something happens to Justin Herbert.
Daniel and the Chargers have agreed on a one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Daniel was recently released by Detroit. He will reunite with coaches Brandon Staley and Joe Lombardi in Los Angeles, both of which he has played for in the past. The 34-year-old will bring a veteran presence to the locker room as a backup behind Justin Herbert. The Chargers will be the sixth team the journeyman signal caller has suited up for.
The Lions released Daniel on Thursday. Detroit reportedly engaged in trade talks regarding Daniel back in February, but with no deal having materialized, the team is instead cutting him to save cap space. The 34-year-old veteran will now be free to pursue a backup role elsewhere, and his reputation as a quality mentor will no doubt result in numerous interested suitors.
The Lions have engaged in discussions with teams around the league about dealing Daniel, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With Matthew Stafford already having been dealt to the Rams in exchange for Jared Goff -- and substantial draft capital -- it looks like the Lions are also looking to move on from Daniel, who signed a three-year, $13.05 million contract just last March. Daniels saw action in four games as Detroit's top backup last season. The 34-year-old will count $5.3 million against the cap in 2021 if he's on the roster, so even if Detroit doesn't manage to negotiate a trade, the team could consider simply releasing him to save $2.3 million of that figure.
Daniel appeared in four games in 2020 and completed 29 of 43 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Daniel probably would have seen considerably more playing time had he been backing up anyone other than Matthew Stafford (ankle/thumb), who yet again proved his toughness in 2020 by playing through at least a trio of injuries to his ankle, thumb and ribs. However, even when he did see the field, Daniel didn't provide much hope for the Lions offense, as his 6.1 yards per pass attempt would have ranked 32nd among NFL quarterbacks this year. With the Lions able to save roughly $2.3 million against the salary cap by letting him go this offseason, there seems to be a good chance Daniel's days in Detroit are about over.
Daniel completed 13 of 18 passes for 86 yards in relief of the injured Matthew Stafford (ankle) in Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers. Daniel came in after Stafford injured his ankle on Detroit's first drive, and the backup failed to get much going for a Lions team that looked completely overmatched. It was 34-0 Tampa Bay at halftime, and Daniel had only 52 passing yards at that point. When Daniel failed to show any progress in the second half, the Lions brought in third-stringer David Blough for the final three possessions. The offense didn't do any better under Blough, as Jamal Agnew scored Detroit's only touchdown on a punt return. There's a good chance Stafford is shut down for next week's finale against the Vikings, but the team could opt to throw Blough under center over Daniel.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|3||09/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|4||10/04||Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|8||10/31||New England Patriots||4||17.88|
|14||12/12||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|15||12/16||Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|18||01/09||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
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