The Kansas City Chiefs have an under-the-radar need to fill this offseason.
Long-time backup quarterback Chad Henne retired after the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win against the Philadelphia Eagles last month.
Henne had served as Patrick Mahomes’ backup since 2018.
With Henne moving on to the next phase of his life, it means Andy Reid and Brett Veach must find a backup quarterback for the first time since Mahomes became a full-time starter.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, there’s a perfect option available with deep ties to the franchise and coaching staff.
Kansas City shouldn’t hesitate to bring Chase Daniel back.
Daniel, a former Missouri standout, played for the Chiefs from 2013 to 2015 (Reid’s first three seasons as the franchise’s head coach).
He also played for Kasnas City offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for two seasons when Nagy was the Chicago Bears’ head coach.
Serving as Mahomes’ backup is almost like being an extra coach.
And that’s exactly what Daniel could be for Mahomes.
Daniel has been praised for the way he mentors players and he acts essentially as another coach on the field.
Lions have had trade discussions with other teams regarding their backup QB Chase Daniel, per sources. Daniel has been considered an ideal mentor for young QBs, something he learned from Drew Brees during their time together in New Orleans.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2021
Mahomes doesn’t necessarily need a mentor at this point in his career. But another set of eyes and ears never hurts.
Daniel will probably be a coach after his playing days are over so this could help him develop in that role while also giving the Chiefs a backup that already has a firm understanding of the Reid/Nagy offense. It’s a win/win for the Chiefs.