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Meet the NFL quarterback who made $41 million — and won the Super Bowl — despite only starting FIVE games in thirteen years

The NFL trades big money these days — especially if you’re a backup quarterback for the Stars.

Los Angeles Chargers veteran QB Chase Daniel, 35, will reach $41 million in career earnings this season.

Chase Daniel has started five NFL games since 2009

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Chase Daniel has started five NFL games since 2009Photo credit: Getty
The Chargers star is currently backup for Justin Herbert

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The Chargers star is currently backup for Justin HerbertCredit: AP
He has accumulated career earnings totaling $41 million

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He has accumulated career earnings totaling $41 millionPhoto credit: Getty

The former Missouri play-caller just got started FIVE Games in the last thirteen seasons.

That means Daniel has made a whopping $8.2 million for every NFL game he’s started since 2009.

Now an eight-team veteran, Chase was twice nominated for the Heisman Trophy during his college years.

During his extremely successful time with the Tigers, he threw for over 12,500 yards and 101 touchdowns.

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Many saw the 6-foot, 218-pound star as a future NFL starter when he entered the draft thirteen years ago.

But he was a surprise undrafted free agent, allowing Washington to fall before the Redskins decided to forego him in September 2009.

Daniels traveled south to New Orleans and the Saints, where he endured a tough period of layoff and then re-signed as injuries.

The QB was promoted to the active roster on January 1, 2010 and was part of the roster that won Super Bowl XLIV — despite never setting foot on the field that season.

Daniel had to wait until the 2013 season and a move to the Kansas City Chiefs before finally making his long-overdue NFL debut.

With the Chiefs already in the playoffs, Chase threw 21 completions for 200 yards and a touchdown in a 24-27 overtime loss.

‘$150,000 in WORKOUT BONUS’

Since then, Daniel has only started four other NFL games.

But he’s served as some form of backup every season he’s competed as an NFL pro since 2009.

His career earnings are expected to surpass $41 million, with his Chargers contract running through 2023 and including a base salary of $1.8 million.

According to Spotrac, Daniel has earned a base salary of $23,904,317 since 2009.

He’s also bagged $8.75 million in signing bonuses and a staggering $7 million in roster incentives.

And during his three years in Kansas City, he topped his bank balance with $150,000 in training awards.

Last season, Daniel didn’t throw a single pass — but he did attempt two rushing plays when LA narrowly missed the postseason.

In total, he has attempted 261 passes in the NFL in a career that has also included honoring the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

He’s now the 61st-highest-earning quarterback of all time with those 261 pass attempts for 178 completions.

When we pull the numbers together, we find that Daniel has earned approximately $230,000 per pass completed over the course of his $41 million career earnings.

With the new NFL season fast approaching, the Chargers are hoping for a shot at Super Bowl glory — especially after watching crosstown rivals the Rams win in February.

They begin their Vince Lombardi Trophy battle on September 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Chase enjoyed playtime during his time with the Bears

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Chase enjoyed playtime during his time with the BearsPhoto credit: Getty

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