Owen Daniels Comments on Potential Retirement, Health and More

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 13, 2016

Denver Broncos tight end Owen Daniels (81) celebrates after scoring on a 12-yard touchdown pass during the first half the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Peyton Manning may not be the only Denver Broncos veteran who could retire on top of the mountain.

Broncos tight end and 10-year NFL veteran Owen Daniels talked to USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones about the possibility of retirement after becoming a Super Bowl champion:

Of course, of course. That's definitely an option. But I'm a man of my word, I signed a three-year deal, so I'd like to keep playing. I feel good enough as long as I can get some work done on my 33-year-old knees.

The two-time Pro Bowl tight end has had multiple procedures done on his knees and legs throughout his career. He tore his right ACL in 2009 as a member of the Houston Texans, per the Associated Press (via NFL.com), and underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery in 2014 when he was a member of the Baltimore Ravens, per former Baltimore Sun writer Aaron Wilson.

Jones noted Daniels doesn't have a meniscus in his left knee, mainly due to him tearing his left ACL twice and left MCL once in his younger days, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The right knee is the one giving Daniels trouble.

"I've got to take care of my body, first and foremost. I'm enjoying this (Sunday night) and for as long as possible, through the parade and everything," Daniels said, per Jones. "And then I'm going to take care of my body, my knees superficially, both of them. Get those things healed up and then move on from there."

If this was Daniels' last NFL season, he'll be remembered for being one of the best tight ends in Texans history and the one who made big plays for the Broncos in their run to their third Super Bowl title. He finished second in Texans history in catches with 385, trailing only Andre Johnson, and finished with 4,617 yards.

Daniels caught 46 passes in his one season with the Broncos under head coach Gary Kubiak, his offensive coordinator in Baltimore. His two touchdown catches in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots were all the Broncos needed offensively to best Tom Brady and advance to the Super Bowl. Daniels also caught the first pass of the Super Bowl, an 18-yard reception that set the tone for the Broncos in their 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

He was a tight end who caught the ball well and had some athleticism as well. Coming back, should he decide to, means another reliable target in the passing game for Brock Osweiler should Manning officially retire.


All stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.