Former Chief, Mizzou star Daniel agrees to deal with Chargers

By The Associated Press
Former Chiefs and Mizzou quarterback Chase Daniel, warming up prior to a game last season with Detroit, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers to back up AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Chargers have found a veteran to back up quarterback Justin Herbert, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with Chase Daniel on Friday.

Daniel, the former Kansas City Chiefs backup and former University of Missouri star, has appeared in 69 games with five starts over 11 seasons, throwing for 1,694 yards and eight touchdowns. He appeared in four games for Detroit last season.

New coach Brandon Staley and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi are familiar with Daniel. Staley and Daniel were together in Chicago in 2018, and Lombardi was Daniel's quarterback coach in New Orleans. 

Daniel, after being a Heisman Trophy finalist, entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009, signing with Washington before being released in the last round of roster cuts. He was signed by New Orleans to their practice squad and was on the active roster from 2010-12. Daniel played in 10 games for the Chiefs from 2013 to 2015 before a season in Philadelphia and then back to New Orleans. He played eight games in two seasons with the Bears and then last season in Detroit.

Los Angeles was in the market for a veteran quarterback after Tyrod Taylor signed with Houston early in free agency. The Chargers also have Easton Stick on the roster, but he has seen only two offensive snaps his first two seasons.

Herbert was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year last season and set a rookie record with 36 touchdowns (31 passing, five rushing).