Following a successful eight-year tenure with the Houston Texans, tight end Owen Daniels has reached an agreement to join the Baltimore Ravens.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the news on Twitter:
TE Owen Daniels agrees with Ravens and will be reunited with his Texans coaches. Good move for him and them.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 3, 2014
The Ravens official Twitter account provides more details on the contract:
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun provides even more details on the deal:
Owen Daniels' one-year Ravens deal has $1 million base salary, another $1 million in incentives, according to a league source.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 4, 2014
The Texans released Daniels on March 11, and several teams have courted the veteran during free agency, including the Washington Redskins, per Adam Caplan of NFL.com, and the Green Bay Packers, according to Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel.
As McClain pointed out, Daniels rejoins his former head coach in Gary Kubiak, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Ravens. James Palmer of CSN Houston comments on the relationship between the player and coach during their time in Houston:
I said when he was released, that Owen Daniels could be heading to the Ravens. Gary Kubiak has always loved him. Should b good fit. #Texans— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) April 3, 2014
Daniels spoke about Kubiak following his firing from the team back in early December, per Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle:
I’ve been with (Kubiak) my whole eight years here. He’s the most classy and respectful guy you’ll meet. It’s tough from my perspective. You know how much we’re around each other. We’ve seen each other damn near every day for eight years.
What Daniels brings to the Ravens is a reliable tight end that was one of the most productive in Texans history. The 31-year-old suffered an injury in 2013 that kept him on the sidelines for all but five games, but he still produced 252 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Will Daniels be productive for Baltimore?
The former Wisconsin Badger, if healthy, should be a productive member of Kubiak's offense in Baltimore. Earlier in the offseason, the Ravens also locked up Dennis Pitta for the foreseeable future and appear to be looking to him as the No. 1 tight end.
With that type of offense and a defense that improved down the stretch in 2013, the Ravens now look like a contender in the AFC North and the conference as a whole.
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