Cleveland Browns Set To Sign Free Agent Quarterback
The Cleveland Browns are set to sign a free agent quarterback this offseason.
NFL free agency officially kicks off on March 18. At that point, teams are free to pursue unsigned starters and reserves at will.
Although big names like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers have stolen the show thus far, there are a number of lesser known commodities also available.
One of those options is former Missouri star quarterback, Chase Daniel. After a year serving as a backup for the Chicago Bears, the 33-year-old figures to garner a decent amount of interest on the open market from organizations looking for a second-string passer.
According to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora, Cleveland is expected to have serious interest in acquiring Daniel.
Expect the Browns to pursue QB Chase Daniel when free agency begins. They will need a strong veteran backup to help Baker Mayfield next year. Makes a lot of sense
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 26, 2020
“Expect the Browns to pursue QB Chase Daniel when free agency begins,” he said.
“They will need a strong veteran backup to help Baker Mayfield next year. Makes a lot of sense.”
Mayfield regressed badly in his sophomore campaign, following a relatively impressive rookie season. In 2019, despite the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. to the offense, he recorded 22 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and did it all on a 60-percent completion rate.
This comes on the heels of a 2018 season where he set a rookie touchdown passing record.
Daniel would essentially be brought in as an insurance policy in the event that something went wrong. It would be similar to the role Drew Stanton held in 2019. Unfortunately, the former Michigan State star is going to be a free agent this offseason, too.
Last year, Daniel recorded three touchdowns, two interceptions and 435 yards in limited action. One season earlier, in 2018, he amassed the same touchdown and interception totals with 515 yards.
A final decision regarding whether the Browns will ultimately pursue Daniel or not should come at some point in the next few weeks.