The Eagles have officially moved on from Chase Daniel a year after making him the highest-paid backup quarterback in the league.
Earlier on Monday, the Eagles reached an agreement to bring back Nick Foles (see story), so Daniel's release was reported and expected.
"Chase's professionalism and intelligence were valuable assets to our quarterback room," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said in a statement released by the team. "His veteran leadership was incredibly helpful in Carson (Wentz's) development as a rookie, and his familiarity with Coach (Doug) Pedersen's offense was instrumental in installing our system last season. 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."
Before the 2016 season, Daniel signed a three-year deal worth $21 million and $12 million guaranteed. Unless the Eagles restructured his deal before cutting him, Daniel's release will only save them $1 million in 2017 with $7 million in dead space. But Daniel has offset in his contract, which means the value of his next deal will be subtracted from the Eagles' dead money.
While Daniel played a big role in Wentz's development as a rookie, he didn't seem nearly as important in Wentz's second year. In 2016, Daniel barely played. He completed one pass for 16 yards.