New Orleans Saints free agent backup quarterback Chase Daniel is an intriguing player, and he is drawing interest from quite a few teams around the league looking at a talented backup. The three teams that are interested in Daniel are all locked in on adding a new backup quarterback, as the Cleveland Browns are reportedly eyeing Daniel and the Kansas City Chiefs are “very interested”, per a report from CBS Sports earlier today. Daniel has also been linked as a possible backup quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are also reportedly looking at David Carr.
Now, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is tweeting that the New York Jets are “expected to pursue” Chase Daniel, and I think this is a good idea for the Jets. Even though they already have David Garrard in the fold after recently signing the veteran, the Jets quarterback situation is so uncertain that it deserves a third guy to make things even more interesting.
Daniel could play himself into a starting role with the Jets if he can beat out Garrard and Mark Sanchez, and he will be the young, intriguing QB to combat the steady veteran (Garrard) and the starter on the hot seat (Sanchez). That would give the Jets an interesting trio of quarterbacks, with all three bringing a different skill-set and aura about them to the team.
I like the Jets are going to try and go after Daniel, and there is upside in him. He is just 26 and was once one of the best quarterbacks in college football at Missouri. He was much better than Blaine Gabbert for Mizzou in college, and if Gabbert is getting another shot at starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars then Daniel should at least get a shot at starting somewhere like Cleveland (or New York, if it comes to that). It’s more likely, though, that he will be a significant backup with a lot of upside and an intriguing starting option for a team that wants to see if he can be a starter.
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