Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are both employed after lengthy waits in free agency, as Cam is fresh off of agreeing to join the New England Patriots, but both of them are working for chump change when compared to career backup Chase Daniel.
Winston will make just north of $1 million this season, while Cam will sign a one-year deal in New England worth around $7.5 million. Daniel, meanwhile, signed a three-year, $13 million deal with the Detroit Lions to back up Matthew Stafford.
In case you weren't significantly enraged yet, both Cam and Jameis combined have $1 million fewer guaranteed this year than Jeff Driskell. Did you even know he's on the Broncos right now?
The fact that a former MVP and someone who, for all his faults, led the league in passing had to sign for chump change while backups like Daniel get multi-year contracts regularly has already been declared as "ridiculous" by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, as it goes against the idea that the NFL is a pure meritocracy.
If you could draw a reliable backup quarterback on a board, it would look a lot like Chase Daniel. While there is clearly a market for his services, making significantly more than a quarterback who is significantly better than him in Winston, and one that is in another stratosphere talent-wise in Newton, shows how broken the market is.