NFL Free Agency: New Orleans Saints Mulling Backup Quarterback Options

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 03/20/17 06:12AM EDT

This year's NFL free agency is filled with quarterbacks and among the ones yet to sign with a team is Chase Daniel. The Philadelphia Eagles granted his request to be released and now he is searching for a team. Last Sunday, he met with his former squad, the New Orleans Saints.

Before Daniel spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-2015) and the Eagles (2016), he was with the Saints for four seasons (2009-2012). In New Orleans, he was the backup of franchise quarterback Drew Brees, who until now is the team's starter.

According to ESPN, the reason why Daniel wanted to leave Philadelphia was because of his desire to compete for the starting job. Last season, he saw action in only one game as the Eagles gave all the quarterback load to 2016 second-overall pick, Carson Wentz.

If Daniel wants to be a starter in the NFL, it is puzzling why he spoke with the Saints. As long as Brees is present, the best opportunity he can get in New Orleans is the backup role. Aside from this, the Saints already have a second stringer in Luke McCown. ESPN also mentioned that they plan to select a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft.

In short, Daniel will not fulfill his desire to be a starting quarterback with the Saints. If he decides to settle in being a backup, then there is a chance of a reunion happening. If not, then the 30-year-old must look elsewhere. There are still NFL teams seeking for a starter. 

The Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, and the New York Jets are among the teams looking for quarterbacks. They can give Daniel what he wants, which is to participate in a competition for the starting job in the 2017 NFL season. 

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