If there’s anything to take away from the 2017 NFL season, it’s probably a lesson on the importance of a strong backup quarterback. And former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel definitely qualifies as that at this point in his professional career.
The former Tigers quarterback is set to ink a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth $10 million, with $7 million guaranteed, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport also reports that the deal is voidable after one season, which he deems important in case Daniel becomes the “next Nick Foles” during his first season in Chicago. The reference, of course, is to the Super Bowl MVP quarterback who led the Eagles to a title after Philadelphia starter Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL injury in the latter part of the regular season.
Daniel, who presumably will back up 2017 first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky in the Windy City, brings a wealth of NFL experience and knowledge to the table for the young quarterback. The former Missouri star experienced a Super Bowl victory of his own as a member of the New Orleans Saints team that took down Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts in 2010.
Daniel is coming off his second stint as Drew Brees’ backup in the Big Easy, and the 10-year NFL veteran has a decade’s worth of experience as a reserve for the Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.
At Missouri, Daniel emerged from the shadow of Tigers quarterback Brad Smith to throw for 12,515 yards and 101 touchdowns during a four-year career from 2005-08.