The Philadelphia Eagles view free agent quarterback Chase Daniel—who played for new head coach Doug Pederson in Kansas City—as a potential starter in the NFL.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Daniel has been pegged as a “name to watch” for the Eagles, who apparently believe Daniel can be “more than a backup.”
The fit in Philadelphia would be a natural one for Daniel, who spent three years (2013-15) playing under Pederson—then the offensive coordinator—with the Chiefs. Hired by the Eagles after the firing of Chip Kelly, Pederson is expected to bring a similar offensive system to Philadelphia in 2016.
Over six NFL seasons, Daniel has made just two starts. Both came with the Chiefs.
The Eagles could be very interested in a quarterback this offseason, especially if negotiations with Sam Bradford stall. Bradford made 14 starts for Philadelphia in 2015, but he will likely look to cash-in on a big deal as one of the best quarterbacks headed to free agency.
Switching gears and targeting Daniel could save the Eagles millions.
However, Daniel is far from a guaranteed product. He’ll turn 30 this October, and he’s only thrown 77 career passes in the NFL. At 6’0″ tall, Daniel is also short for the position.
Then again, he played well when called upon in Kansas City—helping the Chiefs win the 2014 season finale and throwing for 200 yards and a touchdown in his first career start in December of 2013.
Daniel, an undrafted free agent in 2009, signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Chiefs in 2013.