Chase Daniel is no longer out of a job. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Caplan. Daniel visited his former team a few weeks ago shortly after being released by the Eagles.
The Eagles officially released Daniel shortly after signing free agent quarterback Nick Foles. Daniel reportedly asked for his release because he wanted to compete for a starting job. That clearly won’t be the case in New Orleans, though, with Drew Brees around.
Perhaps Daniel is playing the long-game by signing with the Saints. Though still playing at a very high level, Brees turned 38 years old in January. His contract voids after the 2017 season.
Philadelphia will be interested to see what kind of money Daniel received from the Saints. Before being released, the Eagles reportedly struck a deal with Daniel that will allow the Birds to recoup cap space. The only downside is that the Eagles won’t receive that relief until next year in 2018.
Daniel spent three seasons with New Orleans from 2010-2012. He then signed with the Chiefs for three seasons from 2013-2015 before the Eagles gave him a three-year deal worth $21 million last offseason. Daniel served as a mentor to Carson Wentz but it’s hard to say he completely justified the amount of money the Eagles spent on him.