In what comes as a huge shock to the entire league (not), the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed in principle to a multi-year deal with former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Peter Schrager of FOX Sports says that it is a three-year deal. Daniel will reunite with current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who was the team's offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.
In those three seasons with the team, Daniel, 29, has appeared in 10 games, making two starts in the process. In his career, he has gone 50-for-77 for 464 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He's been behind Drew Brees and Alex Smith for his whole career, and he won a Super Bowl with the Saints back in his rookie year in 2010. So he knows a little bit about winning the big game. He was a very good college passer at Missouri prior to his NFL career, and finished in the top four in the 2007 Heisman Trophy voting.
Here's what the quarterback situation looks like at the present moment. Sam "Sleeves" Bradford is your starter. He signed a two-year contract last week. Probably pencil Daniel as the backup QB. Then, there's the third string situation. Thad Lewis is going to be a free agent once 4 PM hits. He's 28, and he's not that good. So...
And now...Mark Sanchez. With a new backup, Sanchez, 29, will either be the third stringer, get traded, or get cut. Why you would want a 29-year-old as a third string QB is my first question, and that will probably not happen. So chances are, he's gone! Huzzah. Look for the team to draft a QB in this year's NFL Draft.
This is another move to add to a busy week for the Eagles. On Monday, it was reported that the team will trade Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins for draft picks. Although there were reports that the deal would be dead after it was revealed that Maxwell had a shoulder injury, the deal will go on as planned, with the teams swapping 1st round picks, meaning the team will now get the 8th overall pick. Miami will have the 13th overall pick. Also, the team traded DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans. It looks like the teams will swap 4th round picks as well.
Birds 24/7 has a free agent open thread here for you to follow.
Also, to get this out of the way, it's DANIEL, not DANIELS. Singular Daniel.
UPDATE: The Eagles are also signing former Los Angeles Rams (still weird to say) safety Rodney McLeod, 25, to a five-year, $37 million deal. Looks like Walter Thurmond won't be back.
UPDATE #3: It is now 4 PM, and the Chase Daniel contract is a three-year deal worth $21 million, with $12 million of that guaranteed, via Adam Caplan. Daniel getting PAID. Also, DeMarco Murray and a 4th for the Titans' 4th is now official.
As for current-now-former Eagles, Walter Thurmond, Cedric Thornton, and Nolan Carroll are officially all free agents. And so is Thad Lewis, but who cares about Thad Lewis (I actually wrote Thad Young before I was about to publish, but who cares about Thad Young as well).
UPDATE #4: It's official: The Eagles have traded Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell and his injured shoulder, and their 13th overall pick in exchange for Miami's 8th overall pick. GOOD BYE BYRON!
UPDATE #5: The Eagles have signed two former Bills that are familiar with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's system. They've signed linebacker Nigel Bradham and cornerback Ron Brooks. Bradham, 26, has signed a two-year deal, while Brooks, 27, has signed a three-year deal worth about $6 million. Bradham started 38 games in 57 appearances with Buffalo since being drafted by the Bills in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He racked up 165 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one pick, and two forced fumbles. Meanwhile, Brooks has only made three starts in 46 career games played. He also led the team in special teams tackles in 2014, and was third in that category last season.