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Chase Daniel thinks Chiefs will keep him, at $4.8 million


Not many backups make $4.8 million, but Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel thinks he’s proven that he’s worth that much.

Daniel is heading into the third year of a three-year, $10 million deal, and he’s due $4.8 million for the 2015 season. Considering that Alex Smith is still in place as the starter, that would seem to make Daniel a likely cap casualty.

But Daniel told the Kansas City Star that he’s confident he’ll return to the Chiefs this season.

I’m looking forward to this offseason program starting April 20, and we’ll go from there,” he said.

The Chiefs would save $3.8 million in cap space if they cut Daniel and went with some combination of the other three quarterbacks on the roster -- Aaron Murray, Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Bray -- as the backups to Smith. But Daniel has played well enough in his limited opportunities that the Chiefs seem to be content to stick with him, even if he’s pricey by backup standards.