Kansas City Chiefs Give Chase Daniel Chance to Be NFL Starter Down the Road

By Dan Parzych
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As long as Drew Brees was healthy and playing, it’s safe to say there was never a chance of Chase Daniel taking over the starting job for the New Orleans Saints. On Tuesday, Daniel agreed to a three-year deal in principle with the Kansas City Chiefs and even though he’ll be playing the backup role once again to Alex Smith, the decision gives the quarterback the best chance of earning a starting job over the next couple of years.

Despite the limited experience he’s had throughout his career, Daniel was considered one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s free agency class as he’s been praised throughout his career for being a reliable backup. New Orleans always felt confident with inserting Daniel into the game if something were to ever happen to Brees and the Chiefs will feel the same way with their situation heading into 2013 with Smith.

Who knows–Daniel may receive an opportunity at the starting job in a few years from now if things don’t work out with Smith and the Chiefs. One of the main reasons why Smith was so successful over the last two seasons is because he was a good fit in Jim Harbaugh’s offense. If he manages to struggles in his first season with Kansas City, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team at least take the idea into consideration.

And of course, there’s always the main option of the team having a reliable backup if Smith were to suffer another injury during the 2013 season–so overall this was a wise move by the Chiefs.

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