WHY EXACTLY DID EAGLES OVERPAY FOR 3RD-STRINGER CHASE DANIEL?

By Martha Sullivan

If you’re part of the growing number of Eagles fans who are still scratching their heads over the signing of free agent quarterback
Chase Daniel to a $21 million contract to be a No. 3 QB:

You got good company. Here’s what Pro Football Focus said:

The quarterback market is a wildly overinflated place, but even in that context, the money the Eagles handed Daniel is vaguely absurd.

Daniel now has the 24th-highest contract among quarterbacks in terms of average per-season money, and the 26th-highest total contract value at the position. He has a contract worth more than several starters, and he is a No. 3 quarterback on this Eagles’ roster.

Even if you assume the deal was handed to him with a view that he will be No. 2 in a year’s time when Sam Bradford departs and Carson Wentz is starting, that means Daniel will receive $7 million this season just as a placeholder, and then be the best-paid backup in football for the next year or two of the deal.

It isn’t for nearly as much money, but this contract is the Ndamukong Suh version of backup quarterback contracts—one that doesn’t set the market, but instead jumps it completely and becomes a stark outlier.

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