Chase Daniel views his fresh beginning with the New Orleans Saints as a way to achieve his ultimate NFL goal: to become a starter.
As relayed by The Advocate’s Joel Erickson on Monday, the former Missouri quarterback appears to have a quality mindset before starting a new professional stint with the Saints. Last week, it was reported that Daniel signed a 1-year deal with the Saints to serve as a backup behind Drew Brees.
Daniel has bigger things in mind for the future. Daniel said via Erickson:
“If you’re in this business to just be a backup and just get along, then you’re not going to last very long. For me, it was about an opportunity to not only come back to New Orleans … but also put myself in a position to become a starter down the road. Now, is it in New Orleans? I don’t know. Is it somewhere else? Hopefully.”
Daniel said his career became “sort of stagnant” with the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw for just 16 yards in one game last season. He also played the Saints (2010-12) and Kansas City Chiefs (2013-15) after finishing his career with Missouri after the 2008 season.
After not being selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, Daniel signed on with the Washington Redskins. He was cut before the 2009 season but signed with the Saints the next day. He didn’t play in the 2009 season.
Daniel is smart to seek more with his NFL life. And given that he has served as a backup to Brees before, he likely views his return to New Orleans as a comfortable pit stop en route to bigger and better things.
We’ll find out if that’s the case. But it’s obvious Daniel views himself as more than a backup quarterback.