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Chase Daniel NFL's Highest Paid Backup

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Chase Daniel set to be highest-paid NFL backup QB in 2019

ByMatt Eurich 13 hours ago
 
 

The Chicago Bears have one of the highest-paid players in all of football in All-Pro pass-rusher Khalil Mack, but they also have one of the league's highest-paid backups in quarterback Chase Daniel.

Spotrac recently pointed out on Twitter that Daniel is set to be the highest-paid backup quarterback in 2019 with a cap hit of $6 million. The next highest-paid backup is listed as New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Spotract projects him to have a $4.6 million cap hit this season. Even though the Giants took him with the sixth overall selection the team appears set to have him sit behind Eli Manning.

Kansas City Chiefs veteran Chad Henne is listed with a $4.1 million cap hit and Cleveland Browns backup Drew Stanton has a $3.7 million cap hit. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor rounds out the top five with a projected $3.5 million cap hit.

The Bears signed Daniel to a two-year deal during the 2018 offseason. That deal was for $10 million with $7 million of that deal guaranteed. He was brought in because of his knowledge of Matt Nagy's offensive scheme and to serve as a mentor for starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

The veteran quarterback made two starts last season for the organization when Trubisky went down with an injury in November. He made his first start since 2014 on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. He completed 27 of his 37 passing attempts for 230 yards and tossed two touchdowns without an interception in the victory. He also started in Week 13 against the New York Giants. He ended that game by completing 26 of his 39 passing attempts for 285 yards and threw one touchdown and two interceptions. He finished the year with 515 passing yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 90.6.

This past season marked the most playing time Daniel has received in his NFL career since joining the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

Daniel first entered the league with the Washington Redskins. He was later signed by the New Orleans Saints that season and spent his first four years with the organization. He completed seven of his nine passing attempts for 55 yards during that stretch. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 and was there through the 2015 season. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016 and spent one season there before rejoining the Saints in 2017.

Daniel had only made two starts in eight years before making his two starts last season for Chicago. He threw for 248 yards with one touchdown and one interception in 2013 before throwing for 157 yards without a touchdown or an interception in 2014.

Chicago has made it clear how much it likes having Daniel on the roster. He may have the biggest cap hit of any backup quarterback in the NFL, but the Bears believe he brings a lot to the organization both on and off the field.

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If we were told the Bears would go 1-1 with Chase at QB and the one win was in the division, im sure everyone would have been ok with that.

Chase deserves it.

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He's not worth it on the merit of talent alone..... but his job was more about helping Mitch learn Nagy's system while being servicable as a backup, than it was about actually being a great backup, and from that perspective he was worth the price.

I'd absolutely expect the team to get significantly cheaper on the backup QB situation going forward though. Can't really justify paying him that much for how inept the offense looked when he was running the show while Mitch was out... and Mitch should have the system down well enough to make his contributions as a teacher irrelevant.

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30 minutes ago, Epyon said:

He's not worth it on the merit of talent alone..... but his job was more about helping Mitch learn Nagy's system while being servicable as a backup, than it was about actually being a great backup, and from that perspective he was worth the price.

I'd absolutely expect the team to get significantly cheaper on the backup QB situation going forward though. Can't really justify paying him that much for how inept the offense looked when he was running the show while Mitch was out... and Mitch should have the system down well enough to make his contributions as a teacher irrelevant.

I think that's entirely possible but we also shouldn't count on saving all that much unless we can either draft or sign a younger inexperienced QB Nagy can trust.  Daniel's two year deal paid in an average of $5 mil a year and pricey as it may be that's still in the range of what experienced vet QBs are getting.

Unless a team is in the early phases of a complete rebuild most team will want a backup they feel could win half his starts and Daniel is a guy who fits that description.  And IMHO the closer we get to championship caliber the more important it becomes to have an NFL caliber backup.  Daniel did throw for over 500 yards and complete nearly 70% of his passes in his two starts and had a 90.6 QBR.  That's the best he's ever done in his entire career.

The problem is one of supply and demand.  There really aren't 32 starting caliber QBs right now so teams are always scratching hard for quality #2 guys who can step in if a starter simply fails to win.  The days of signing a competent vet #2 for $1-$2 like we did with McCown are over.

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On 5/6/2019 at 7:03 PM, Epyon said:

Can't really justify paying him that much for how inept the offense looked when he was running the show while Mitch was out... and Mitch should have the system down well enough to make his contributions as a teacher irrelevant.

There were growing pains and fits and starts (for sure), but to use a blanket description of the offense as "inept" with Daniel under center simply isn't accurate. There was some rust displayed, which is excusable, but it all boils down to--the guy's a backup. Having a starting caliber second string QB doesn't really happen anymore, but Chase is close. 

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If you want to extend him to lower his cap hit that is fine.

But he is a good backup and seems to have a positive impact on Trubisky.

6 million does not bother me

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6 minutes ago, WindyCity said:

6 million does not bother me

Nor should it. 

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What bothers me slightly is that they haven’t grabbed anyone at the end of the rounds to try and develop a little. I say slightly because they don’t have the draft picks to do it yet. 

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21 minutes ago, blkwdw13 said:

What bothers me slightly is that they haven’t grabbed anyone at the end of the rounds to try and develop a little. I say slightly because they don’t have the draft picks to do it yet. 

I would like to see someone added in 2020 to develop.

I think that the lack of picks has made it unrealistic.

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48 minutes ago, blkwdw13 said:

What bothers me slightly is that they haven’t grabbed anyone at the end of the rounds to try and develop a little. I say slightly because they don’t have the draft picks to do it yet. 

And if they would've done so everyone would've freaked out, both for 1) thinking a pick was wasted and 2) thinking the FO doesn't believe in Trubisky, because, well Chicago

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