ALLEN PARK – The Detroit Lions put another quarterback on the trading block, this time buying Chase Daniel according to ESPN.
Daniel signed a three-year, $ 13.05 million contract with Detroit last offseason. That’s a bit of a lot of money for a guy who started five games and threw 218 assists in 10 years, but the Lions hadn’t invested much in the position over the years and then went down to 0-8 when Matthew Stafford was sidelined the previous season.
Then general manager Bob Quinn opened his checkbook for Daniel last offseason, believing the veteran would offer some stability if Stafford fell again. But Daniel was largely ineffective in four appearances last season, including not even breaking through the midfield in nearly three quarters against Tampa Bay. He completed 29 of 43 total passes for 264 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 79.9 passer rating.
Now the change is underway at quarterback, where Detroit has already agreed to send Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams. The trade can’t be finalized until March 17, but the Lions will receive a third-round pick this year, a first-round pick next year, and another first-round pick in 2022.
The Lions are also receiving Jared Goff as part of the deal. Goff will count $ 27.8 million against the cap, on top of the $ 17.8 million in dead money wrapped in Stafford. That’s $ 44.8 million in quarterbacks in a year the cap only goes down for the second time in NFL history.
This always made Daniel – ceiling reached: 5.75 million dollars – a potential victim. Now it’s done, freeing up an additional $ 2.3 million of space to become a free agency.
David Blough remains on the roster and becomes the favorite to support Goff next season, although the Lions could look to add another quarterback in the draft, and possibly even with the seventh overall pick. Trevor Lawrence is expected to be first overall, although guys like Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance and Mac Jones are other potential first-round picks.