Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel is visiting the New Orleans Saints today, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Caplan.
The Philadelphia Eagles cut Daniel, who reportedly wants to be a starter, earlier this week after the veteran quarterback requested his release. The Eagles tried to trade Daniel but found no takers. Cutting him only saved $1 million in cap space while counting for $7 million in dead money. With Daniel gone, the Eagles are moving forward with Nick Foles as their backup quarterback.
The good news is the Eagles can recoup more cap savings depending how much money Daniel receives from his next team. The bad news is that savings won’t come into play until next offseason.
Daniel spent three seasons in New Orleans backing up Drew Brees from 2010-2012. A return to the Saints would mean resuming his old role behind the 38-year-old Brees. Maybe the 30-year-old Daniel figures he’ll have an opportunity to start when Brees eventually retires? Because there’s certainly no starting job available to him with the Saints until that happens.
For the Eagles’ sake, hopefully Daniel receives the most lucrative deal possible.