The interest was real. Chase Daniel has reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs just over an hour into the 2013 NFL free agency period. This according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Chiefs reached agreement in principle on three-year deal with former Saints QB Chase Daniel, who played at Missouri.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2013
So about the Chiefs still drafting a quarterback this year ... hard to see that happening. Daniel had multiple teams after him -- an indication of how weak the free agent quarterback market is -- which means the Chiefs very well could've paid a premium price for a backup. We'll see what the numbers say but the first report of the Chiefs interest in Daniel, which surfaced on Tuesday morning, had him eyeing a $3 million-a-year contract.
Chiefs agree to terms with QB Chase Daniel - Jets were very interested in him too. Likely to be worth over $3m per year— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2013
[Update: Chase got P-A-I-D. See details here.]
The Chiefs have made the Alex Smith trade official, so he's in the fold. Then there's the future of Matt Cassel, who many expect to be cut at some point. Brady Quinn is now a free agent. And Ricky Stanzi remains on the Chiefs roster.
So, as of now, the Chiefs quarterbacks in 2013 are shaping up to be Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Ricky Stanzi.
A few more reactions...
Chase Daniel comes full circle: Played his first college game in 2005 at Arrowhead Stadium. Now headed to the Chiefs— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 12, 2013
#NFLFreeAgency Nice get by Chiefs with Chase Daniel. He was sought after. QB position is now way better with Smith and Daniel.— Bill Williamson (@espn_afcwest) March 12, 2013
Guess they didn't like their QBs. RT @adamschefter: Chiefs reached agreement on 3-year deal with former Saints QB Chase Daniel— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) March 12, 2013
Freaking out right now, Chase! Welcome to Kansas City my friend. More importantly, welcome back to MISSOURI!!! Go Chiefs. @chasedaniel— Jarrett Sutton (@JarrettSutton25) March 12, 2013
I'm hereby renouncing my fan hood of the Kansas City Chiefs. I'm not rooting for a team that has Chase Daniel on it.— RockChalkBlog.com (@RockChalkBlog) March 12, 2013