Top five backup quarterbacks for Redskins to target in 2020 free agency
There was a time that some thought Chase Daniel could be a starter. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to a low-cost deal to compete for their starting quarterback job. That didn’t pan out but he remains one of the best backups in the NFL.
Daniel doesn’t have great arm strength but he has always been an accurate quarterback. He has completed 68 percent of his passes (albeit in limited playing time over the course of 10 years in the league) but he’s the type of player that can keep a team afloat when put in the lineup. And in the NFL, a league with a lot of injury issues, that has value.
Another positive for Daniel is that he is mobile. He moves around the pocket well and has proven capable of generating yards on the ground. At 33, that ability may wane in his later years, but he still has enough of it to make an impact.
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There are some drawbacks to Daniel. He doesn’t make a lot of big downfield plays. And for the Bears last season, he had some issues with sacks and turnovers in his lone start, a loss to the Oakland Raiders. So, he’s not necessarily going to make big plays to win his team the game.
But in a game-manager type backup role, Daniel could be a great fit. And his potential to help mentor a young quarterback like Haskins could be a positive as well. After all, Daniel has played for Sean Payton, Andy Reid, Doug Pederson, and Matt Nagy during his career. Perhaps his wisdom could be worth something.
Daniel may ultimately be too expensive for the Redskins to target. He made $5 million last year and could command a similar amount on the open market this year. But nonetheless, the team should consider him especially if they find a willing partner for a potential Alex Smith trade.