Chase Daniel visits Jets as New York continues QB search

The New York Jets want to sign a free agent quarterback, and they’re exhausting their options, short of putting an ad on Craigslist or calling Colin Kaepernick.

Chase Daniel is visiting the Jets Monday, as reported by Ian Rapoport and others.

This comes on the heels of Josh McCown’s visit Friday and Saturday and Geno Smith’s official signing with the New York Giants.

Daniel is a career backup who has 51 completions on 78 attempts for one touchdown and one interception in eight years in the NFL.

Daniel most recently spent a year with the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed a three-year, $21 million deal with Philly last offseason and looked to be Sam Bradford’s backup while rookie Carson Wentz developed. Instead, Bradford was traded to Minnesota at the last minute and Daniel instead backed up Wentz. In yet another twist, the Eagles decided to bring Nick Foles back to the team and cut Daniel loose to make the room.

Daniel was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2007 and 2008 and led Missouri football into a brief period of relevance while the school still played in the Big 12. Despite a great college career, Daniel went undrafted in 2009 and signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he backed up Drew Brees for four years and barely played.

Between New Orleans and Philadelphia, Daniel spent three years with the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he saw his most extensive action in a pair of Week 17 games in which the team didn’t want to play Alex Smith and risk having him get injured before the playoffs.

Daniel will turn 31 next season, which is nothing when you consider McCown is 37 and has already played for seven teams. Daniel and McCown are the only quarterbacks who have visited the Jets so far this offseason, though the team is also being linked to Jay Cutler.

With Smith on a new team and Ryan Fitzpatrick out of the picture for all intents and purposes, Gang Green is left with two very green options at QB, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. It’s clear the team is looking for another veteran option wherever they can find one, with Mike Glennon and Tyrod Taylor no longer available.

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