Chase Daniel might not be an Eagle for much longer.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Daniel is a possible candidate to be moved this offseason.
The Eagles signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract last offseason, making him one of the highest-paid backups in the NFL. He was originally expected to be the team’s second-string quarterback behind Sam Bradford. Some even argued that he could start for the Eagles. But when Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, it was Carson Wentz, not Chase Daniel, who would become the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Naturally, Daniel was unhappy when Wentz leapfrogged him on the depth chart.
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Daniel didn’t exactly blow anyone away in his first year as the Eagles’ backup. Daniel threw only one touchdown and two interceptions with a 61.7 completion percentage during the preseason despite seeing an increased role with Wentz sidelined due to injury.
He did finish the regular season with a perfect completion percentage though (he only threw one pass in the regular season), so that’s always a positive!
We all know how much Howie Roseman loves making trades, so moving the expensive backup would hardly come as a surprise, especially considering the team’s less than ideal cap situation. With the NFL’s free agency period just a week away, the Eagles are furiously looking to get rid of some of their expensive contracts and moving Daniel would certainly help free up some additional cap room.
Other players who could be traded are linebacker Mychal Kendricks and defensive end Connor Barwin. The Eagles are also rumored to be in on trade talks for disgruntled New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
The Eagles will be busy over the next several weeks, so get ready for a lot of movement.