After signing Nick Foles on Monday, quarterback Chase Daniel asked the Philadelphia Eagles to release him and the team officially granted his request later in the day.
“Yes we did and it was mutual,” Daniel told 94 WIP in Philadelphia when asked if he requested to be released by the Eagles. “I believe I’m a starter in this league.”
The Eagles created extra cap space by releasing Daniel, who signed a lucrative three-year deal worth $21 million to come to Philadelphia last offseason, but the exact amount of savings is unclear, as Daniel had offset language in his contract, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, which means the amount of money Daniel’s next team pays him will dictate how much the Eagles save.
Philadelphia announced Monday morning they had agreed on a two-year deal, worth $11 million with Foles, who will likely replace Daniel as the backup to 24-year-old starter Carson Wentz.
Daniel, 30, has long hoped to compete for a starting job in the NFL, but he was not afforded that opportunity with the Eagles. Wentz’s emergence as a quality young quarterback relegated Daniel to a backup role.
Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman credited Daniel for helping Wentz in his development.
“Chase’s professionalism and intelligence were valuable assets to our quarterback room. His veteran leadership was incredibly helpful in Carson’s development as a rookie and his familiarity with Coach [Doug] Pederson’s offense was instrumental in installing our system last season,” Roseman said.
“After a healthy discussion with Chase, we both felt like it was best to move forward in a different direction as circumstances have changed since he originally signed. We greatly appreciate Chase’s time here and wish him well as he continues his football career.”
In recent days the Eagles had been working to trade Daniel to a team that would benefit the veteran signal-caller, but both sides felt the decision to release him now was mutually beneficial.