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Report: Browns expected to pursue QB Chase Daniel in free agency

According to Jason La Canfora, the Cleveland Browns plan to make a run at signing backup quarterback Chase Daniel.

Despite a disappointing 2019 campaign, Baker Mayfield will remain the Cleveland Browns' quarterback in 2020.

But when it comes to Mayfield's understudy, it appears that Cleveland is looking for an upgrade.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Browns are expected to pursue Chase Daniel when NFL free agency begins next month. Entering his 11th season in the league, the 33-year-old Daniel has spent each of the past two seasons as a member of the Chicago Bears.

Prior to his time in the Windy City, Daniel spent time with the New Orleans Saints (2009-12), 2017), Philadelphia Eagles (2016) and Kansas City Chiefs (2013-15). Prior to going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-0 signal-caller enjoyed a standout college career at Missouri, where he was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.

Over the course of his decade in the NFL, Daniel has appeared in 65 games -- although just five of those games have been starts. In addition to totaling a 2-3 record as a starter, the Irving, Texas, native has completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 1,430 yards, 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions during his NFL career.

Should the Browns manage to lure Daniel to Cleveland, he would significantly upgrade the experience in the Browns' quarterback room. After missing all of the 2019 season with a knee injury, veteran Drew Stanton is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, while Garrett Gilbert -- who served as Mayfield's primary backup last season -- has attempted just six passes in his three seasons in the NFL.

As for what Daniel's next contract will look like, that will obviously depend on his market. In 2018, he signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Chicago, $7 million of which was guaranteed.

NFL free agency is scheduled to begin at the start of the new league year on March 18.

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