When the Dallas Cowboys showed interest in Chase Daniel, holding preliminary free-agent talks with his agent, the Southlake Carroll product was intrigued.
“There was real interest on both sides,” Daniel said in a phone interview. “It would have been awesome to play back home. Coach [Jason] Garrett is putting together a winner. They’re a well-coached team. The offensive line is probably the best in the game. The quarterback room is great, and I have a lot of respect for [quarterbacks coach] Wade Wilson.
“Tony Romo is the face of the Cowboys, so it would have been fun.”
The Eagles, though, offered two things the Cowboys didn’t: Doug Pederson and big money.
Daniel, 30, followed Pederson from Kansas City after the Eagles made Daniel the highest-paid backup quarterback in the league. The Eagles signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract, with $12 million guaranteed, in March.
“At the end of the day, the Eagles were offering more money, and it was a good security blanket having Doug there,” Daniel said. “He wanted somebody he could trust, and I know the offense inside and out. I had a good feeling about it.”
Daniel was with his wife, Hillary, the week before the season opener when he saw missed calls from Sam Bradford and Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Both were calling to tell him the Eagles had traded Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Eagles then handed the keys to rookie Carson Wentz.
“It was a thousand different emotions,” Daniel said. “But when they made it clear that it was Carson’s job, I wasn’t mad. I wasn’t angry. This is way bigger than myself. They said Carson gave us the best chance to win. I accept my role, and I’m doing everything I can to help him.”
Pederson points to Daniel as a reason for Wentz’s success. Wentz has completed 63.8 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns, three interceptions and a 92.7 passer rating.
“He’s been very helpful,” Pederson said of Daniel. “He’s been able to show Carson exactly what to study, how to study and when to study. He breaks it up into segments for him so he’s not giving him the whole pie at one time.
“He’s been around Drew Brees. He’s been around Alex Smith. He’s a veteran guy, a smart guy. He’s been in the system, so it helps Carson to bounce questions and ideas off him. Chase is a very valuable piece to the success that Carson’s had.”
Despite picking Wentz over Daniel, Pederson said he believes Daniel can become a successful NFL starter “given the right circumstance and the right situation.”
Daniel has seven seasons of service in the NFL, but has started just two games and thrown only 77 passes.
“I know it’s out there,” Daniel said of a starting job. “Obviously, I’d like it to come. But it’s not in my hands. It’s in God’s hands. I’ve come to grips with that. I’m here for the ride until that day comes, and I’ll continue to prepare like I am the starter.”
My five cents
1 If Brock Osweiler thought he heard boos at Denver last week, he likely hears more at home this week. The Texans surely are having buyer’s remorse after signing Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract, with $37 million guaranteed, in March. His 71.9 passer rating ranks 30th in the league, below three rookies, and Osweiler has eight touchdowns and eight interceptions and an NFL-low average gain of 5.72.
2 After the Oakland Raiders defeated the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday, they flew to Sarasota, Fla., and checked into a four-star hotel. The Raiders spent last week practicing at IMG Academy in Bradenton in preparation for their game in Tampa on Sunday.
3 The Washington Redskins made a huge error in letting Alfred Morris walk in free agency, handing Matt Jones the starting job. Jones fumbled twice last week, once inside the 5-yard line, and he is averaging a fumble every 30.4 carries. The second-year back has 99 carries for 460 yards and three touchdowns.
4 Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews meets his cousin, Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, on Sunday. The two met on Monday Night Football in 2014, and Clay Matthews had a sack at the expense of Texas A&M alum Jake. Clay Matthews has three sacks this season, while Jake Matthews has allowed two sacks.
5 Falcons receiver Julio Jones leads the league with 830 yards on 40 catches, putting him on pace for 1,897 this season. Defensive backs have resorted to holding and grabbing Jones. For the second consecutive week, the Falcons sent a play to the league for review for interference that wasn’t called.
It took six seasons, three teams and two injuries for Jacquizz Rodgers to get a real chance to be a featured running back. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him in Week 2, after the Chicago Bears cut him. Injuries to Doug Martin and Charles Sims gave Rodgers his chance, and he has back-to-back 100-yard games after not having even one in his career.
Los Angeles Rams left tackle Greg Robinson, the second overall choice in 2014, leads the league with 10 penalties. No other player in the league has drawn more than eight. Seven of Robinson’s penalties were for offensive holding. New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner set the NFL record last season with 21 penalties, with Robinson’s 16 ranking second.
2017 NFL Draft
Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com gives his top-10 senior centers and top-five draft-eligible underclassmen at the position for the 2017 draft:
1. Ethan Pocic, LSU (6-6, 309, 5.18)
2. Pat Elflein, Ohio St. (6-2, 300, 5.22)
3. Tyler Orlosky, W.Va. (6-3, 295, 5.22)
4. J.J. Dielman, Utah (6-5, 300, 5.21)
5. Deyshawn Bond, Cin. (6-1, 292, 5.17)
6. Kyle Fuller, Baylor (6-4, 310, 5.29)
7. Jon Toth, Ky. (6-5, 310, 5.26)
8. Cameron Tom, S. Miss. (6-4, 290, 5.17)
9. Jay Guillermo, Clemson (6-2, 325, 5.34)
10. Brandon Kublanow, Ga. (6-2, 288, 5.33)
1. Brian Allen, Mich. St. (6-2, 306, 5.14)
2. Mason Cole, Mich. (6-5, 298, 4.96)
3. Nick Linder, Miami (Fla.) (6-3, 300, 5.25)
4. Toa Lobendahn, USC (6-2, 295, 4.96)
5. Cameron Dillard, Fla. (6-3, 308, 5.47)
6 Quarterbacks who have taken at least one snap with the Cleveland Browns this season. They are Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Terrelle Pryor, Cody Kessler, Charlie Whitehurst and Kevin Hogan.
Bucs receiver Mike Evans, a Texas A&M alum, has set a club record with six touchdowns in his first six games to start the season.
Jay Ajayi’s 53 carries over the past two weeks stands as the most for a Miami running back since Ronnie Brown had 54 carries over a two-week stretch in 2006.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck needs one 300-yard passing game to tie Johnny Unitas (26) for the second most in team history.
Running back David Johnson has 174 touches on offense this season, which has accounted for 34.6 percent of the Arizona Cardinals’ total plays.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has a .770 winning percentage (28-8-1) in the regular season since joining the team in 2013. Only Tom Brady (.773, 34-10) has a higher winning percentage in that span.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has more tackles (659) since entering the league in 2012 than any other NFL player, though tackles are not an official statistic.
The Denver Broncos have won 27 consecutive games when having a positive turnover differential, the longest such streak in the league.
The New York Giants have committed 13 turnovers on offense, which opponents have converted into 30 points.
The San Francisco 49ers have a league-leading 523 tackles, a product of their defense having spent an average of 33:50 per game on the field, the second most in the NFL to the Giants’ 34:03.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril has 5.5 sacks the past three games and 6.5 for the season. Avril has pledged to build a house in his parents’ home country of Haiti for every sack he records.
Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate leads the league with 283 — yards after the catch.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a 25-3 record against the Buffalo Bills in his career, with a 100.2 passer rating.
The San Diego Chargers have lost 10 consecutive road games to AFC West foes.
The Bucs are 0-3 at home this season and 3-15 at Raymond James Stadium since the start of the 2014 season.
Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.