How good is Chase Daniel?

How good is Chargers backup quarterback Chase Daniel while Justin Herbert faces the prospect of missed time?

Late Thursday night on the loss Kansas City bosses, Chargers from Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert was badly hit and suffered a rib injury. However, he only missed one game and didn’t want to cede the team’s comeback prospects to Chase Daniel.

Even with some overtime before the Chargers’ next game, Herbert could face a multi-game absence. That would put Daniel in position to take over as a starter in the meantime, save for a move to add someone.

Which raises the question…

How good is Chase Daniel?

The answer to that question is it’s hard to know. Now in his 14th NFL season after a fine collegiate career in Missouri but undrafted in 2009 (the Chargers are his sixth team after signing with them in 2021), Daniel has 261 career pass attempts with five starts and 71 appearances in total. His perceived value as a backup for Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Alex Smith, Herbert etc. over the years is greater than anything he has done on the field.

However, Chargers backup QB Chase Daniel is good at getting paid

As unclear as how good quarterback Daniel is, he’s in an elite class at one thing based on his resume: getting paid.

Daniel signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Chargers this offseason and adjusted his contract with them in 2021. He turned one year into a three-year, $13 million deal he signed with the Lions in 2020, but he’s landed nice multi-year offers from the Chiefs, Eagles and Bears.

According to Spotrac, Daniel’s career income (to 2022) is $41,828,471. He appears to be preparing for a second career by recently taking one Side job as an analyst at NFL Networkbut he certainly won’t need the money for that kind of job when his playing career is over.

If Herbert misses time, the Chargers will likely be in the market for a quarterback somewhere. How good is Chase Daniel?

John Verrall

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