With Detroit remaking its roster, the franchise initially tried to commerce Daniel earlier than releasing him Thursday. He now will rely $three million in lifeless cash in opposition to this 12 months’s cap, in line with Roster Administration System.
The Lions have reconstructed their quarterback room by bringing in Jared Goff to exchange Stafford and signing Tim Boyle from the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, in line with a supply, to be a reserve quarterback. Detroit nonetheless has David Blough on the roster and will find yourself choosing a quarterback in subsequent month’s draft.
The Lions had signed Daniel to be their backup quarterback earlier than the 2020 season, partly a response to a rotating group of backups behind Stafford in 2019. When Stafford missed the final eight video games of the 2019 season with a again damage, it accentuated the necessity for a extra established No. 2 quarterback.
This led the crew’s normal supervisor and coach on the time — Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia, respectively — to Daniel.
Daniel performed 4 video games for Detroit final season, finishing 67.four% of his passes with one landing and two interceptions.
An undrafted free agent out of Missouri, the 34-year-old has made a profession of being a dependable backup quarterback. For 4 seasons (2010-12 and 2017), he was Drew Brees‘ backup in New Orleans. He was the reserve quarterback in Kansas Metropolis for 3 years, Philadelphia for one, Chicago for 2 and Detroit final 12 months.
In that point, he has appeared in 69 video games, beginning 5 of them. He has accomplished 178 of 261 passes for 1,694 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Seven of these eight touchdowns and 6 of the seven interceptions got here up to now three seasons.
One of many issues that retains Daniel worthwhile is the position of the backup quarterback. Moreover an emergency choice if the starter goes down, the backup is usually a key helper on the subject of breaking down movie and intelligence for the starter all through the week to assist him put together for Sunday. In some methods, the extra veteran a backup is, the extra he’s like one other coach in getting the starter prepared.
Thus far in his profession, Daniel has earned $37,809,164, in line with Spotrac.