Saints backup QB Chase Daniel, an undrafted success story for the team who has been Drew Brees' primary backup the past two seasons, has signed a one-year, $1 million contract.
Set for restricted free agency, the Saints instead signed Daniel to a one-year contract, which the quarterback signed the contract while in Dubai today.
Daniel has attempted only eight regular season passes in sparse action in mop-up duty. He saw action in 2011 at the end of blowout victories over the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants and the Vikings. Then he attempted and completed three passes in the regular season finale, taking over after Brees set the NFL's all-time passing yardage record against Carolina.
Daniel, who will turn 26 this season, like Brees is only around six feet tall. He joined the Saints in 2009 and won his spot on the team a year later, beating veteran Patrick Ramsey and rookie Sean Canfield for the only backup quarterback spot on the roster. Daniel tossed three touchdowns against the Texans in an August 2010 preseason game, playing for three quarters as Ramsey stayed on the sidelines.
Other Saints restricted free agents include linebackers Jonathan Casillas and Ramon Humber. Various reports indicate that the Saints have given Casillas a no-compensation tender offer.
The Saints also retained three exclusive-rights free agents, S Jonathon Amaya, WR Adrian Arrington, and LS Justin Drescher. Amaya is the tangible product of the Reggie Bush trade so far, and is a good special teams player. Depending on how free agency goes, Arrington has a shot to start in 2012. Drescher has been the Saints' long snapper since November 2010, and held the job down in the 2011 season, providing some stability to a position that was chaotic in 2010.