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The greatness of Chase Daniel

NFL quarterback Chase Daniel, here pictured in a 2004 game playing for Southlake Carroll, recently signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles for $21 million.
NFL quarterback Chase Daniel, here pictured in a 2004 game playing for Southlake Carroll, recently signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles for $21 million.

No one knows if Chase Daniel can play in the NFL, but we all know he can cash an NFL check with the best of them.

The man has enjoyed a most efficient NFL career without having done a thing other than proving to instrumental coaches that he works hard, tries, doesn’t complain and he prepares. If you know the right people, that can be worth millions.

Chase Daniel is the example to every aspiring NFL quarterback the importance of being a good guy, and a professional who is well liked by his coaches.

The former quarterback at Southlake High School has become a multi-millionaire because he’s not dumb, has improved, and he knows when to shut his mouth.

Daniel has done almost nothing in the NFL other than make a lot of money. On Wednesday afternoon, the start of NFL free agency when countless GMs and owners collectively turn off their brains, Daniel signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles; $12 million of the deal is guaranteed.

Daniel is 1-1 with one career touchdown pass and one career interception. That must have been one hell of a nice touchdown pass. He has passed for 464 career yards, including four last season. He threw for four total yards in 2015, which included a long of six yards. You do the math.

He reportedly has been told he will be given a chance to compete for the Eagles’ starting job because incumbent Sam Bradford is better at being a rich quarterback than a good quarterback. The head coach of the Eagles, Doug Pederson, was Daniel’s offenisve coordinator in Kansas City.

Good for Chase Daniel.

In March of 2013, he signed a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs for $10 million. That included a $3 million singing bonus; since he remained with the Chiefs for the duration of the deal he realized all of the remaining money as well.

Before he signed with the Chiefs, he had spent the first three years of his NFL career as the backup with the New Orleans Saints where he attempted a total of nine passes.

Daniels was undrafted out of the University of Missouri and originally signed a rookie free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.

He was one of the team’s final cuts but was almost immediately signed by the New Orleans Saints, whose head coach – Sean Payton – lived in the DFW area when Daniel was enjoying a standout high school career at Southlake.

Daniel bounced around from being cut to the practice squad to the Saints’ active roster in 2009; he likely made about $50,000 that season.

In 2010, he made the roster and was active all season. Here are his yearly salaries since then:

2010: $395,000

2011: $480,000

2012: $1,000,000 (included in that is $300K bonus)

2013: $750,000 (does not include $3 million bonus)

2014: $2,350,000

2015: $3,750,000

Daniel was also with the Saints during their run to the Super Bowl in 2009 and was on the team during their playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011. A conservative estimation here and Daniel likely made in the area of an additional $150,000 for those games.

All told, Chase Daniel has made well over $22 million from three NFL teams for virtually no on-the-field production. Oh, wait - that’s not true. Not only has he thrown one touchdown pass but he was the holder on kicks for the Saints. You just can’t put a value on that.

He is 29 years old, and because he has been in the NFL for six seasons he is eligible for full pension benefits.

God knows he’ll need the money.