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Owen Daniels says he might skip training camp

NFL_daniels_250.jpgTexans tight end Owen Daniels was a restricted free agent in 2009.  And he wasn’t happy about it.

He eventually signed his restricted free agency tender in June, just before the date on which the amount of the tender could have been dramatically reduced by the Texans.  As a result, he was under contract at that point, and he was obligated to report for training camp and the preseason.

This year, Daniels will be a restricted free agent again, due to the uncapped year and the shift of the minimum years of service for unrestricted free agency from four years to six.  He recently told Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio that, even though a torn ACL will be healed by May, Daniels might wait even longer this year before signing.

“I might not even do training camp,” Daniels said.

It’ll be easier for Daniels to avoid camp in 2010, since the tender can be reduced after the middle of June only to a maximum of 110 percent of the player’s salary from the prior year.  In 2008, Daniels earned the minimum salary for a third-year player.  In 2009, the Texans paid him $2.792 million under the highest RFA tender.

Thus, the Texans could reduce the 2010 tender only from $3.168 million to $3.0712 million.

With the highest tender, any team that wants to sign Daniels will have to be ready to give up a first-round pick and a third-round pick.

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24 Responses to “Owen Daniels says he might skip training camp”
  1. ImpeachObamaNow says: Feb 18, 2010 12:41 PM

    Boo Hoo – Its time for a set pay scale or better yet pay these overpaid babies on a performance basis. Then wait to hear them cry when they get hurt and can’t play.

  2. backuppunter says: Feb 18, 2010 12:45 PM

    Compared to everyone else tight ends don’t get paid squat. He is probably worth more on the nfl market

  3. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Feb 18, 2010 12:47 PM

    ImpeachObamaNow, you’re full of shit on two levels:
    1) Daniels got screwed by the Texans last year. They could have signed him to a reasonable deal, but they took advantage of his restricted free agency status.
    2) Stick your name up your ass. This is a football site, not a political one.

  4. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 18, 2010 12:55 PM

    He will be worthless this season coming back from that injury. Acquire Chris Cooley from the Skins for a 2nd rounder.

  5. schooney says: Feb 18, 2010 12:58 PM

    I guess he had to take a pay cut from the under table money he earned at Wisconsin as one of Barry’s players

  6. pkrlvr says: Feb 18, 2010 1:23 PM

    While I hate to see politics on this site, I can’t help but remark on what a completely moronic name that is. Unfortunately politicians have completely forgotten that they’re supposed to serve the people and now they only serve lobbyists and contributors. Nothing gets done anymore because everyone is scared to upset their constituents and their benefactors. The GOP’s only purpose is to say no to the Dems. No one governs, they just play politics.

  7. leftcoastnative says: Feb 18, 2010 1:45 PM

    I would not recommend Daniels missing camp. Yesars ago, a TE for the then LA Raiders, Todd Christensen, had 96 receptions and only 1 dropped pass for the entire season. The following year, he decided to sit out training camp, only showing up the last week before the first regular season game. Consequently, Todd had 7 drops in the first 3 games and nowhere close to the season he had the previous year. He did not have the quickness off of the line of scrimmage nor the explosion up the field and out of his cuts into the final stages of his routes.

  8. straverse says: Feb 18, 2010 1:50 PM

    It’s still a difference of nearly $100 grand. That ain’t necessarily chump change.

  9. American says: Feb 18, 2010 1:51 PM

    Shut up about politics. They should pay the man. He is a great TE, and he should be given a long term contract. That said, this is the system that the players agreed to. With THAT being said, the money men will screw over the player in a heartbeat if it will save them some money, so the player has the right to screw over the organization.

  10. Manuich1 says: Feb 18, 2010 2:02 PM

    They should just cut out the Franchise Tag all together. The tag sucks.

  11. yem123 says: Feb 18, 2010 2:06 PM

    Owen Daniels is awesome in fantasy football!

  12. Jared Allen's Shart Stain says: Feb 18, 2010 2:17 PM

    Poo Flinging Monkey says:
    February 18, 2010 12:47 PM
    ImpeachObamaNow, you’re full of shit on two levels:
    1) Daniels got screwed by the Texans last year. They could have signed him to a reasonable deal, but they took advantage of his restricted free agency status.
    2) Stick your name up your ass. This is a football site, not a political one.
    ____________________
    Never thought I’d applaud a poo flinging monkey, but applaud I must.
    Well played, sir, well played.

  13. ImpeachObamaNow says: Feb 18, 2010 2:32 PM

    Hey Poo Flinging Monkey you are correct that this is suppose to be a sports site. Just think – maybe the PETA people think your name is abusive to them. Nobody can do anything in this country with some poor whine bag saying it is not politically correct.
    My beef with these guys is that a vast majority of the time after they sign big contracts their performance falls off dramatically. I still think that some of their pay should come from performance, maybe team performance. Last time I checked it is still a team game. Just remember that every time one of them wants a raise and gets it before his contract is up, it only raises the ticket prices and every other cost associated with the product. I think 3 + Mill per year to play a game is pretty damn good take home pay.
    Oh yeah – I could care less if you don’t like my name, truthfully if you are not worried about the direction of our country under the idiots we have in DC (Pres, Rep’s & Dem’s) and we continue to let them dictate everything we do, you are going to wake up one day without the power to make comments on sites like this.

  14. woodsidegil says: Feb 18, 2010 2:37 PM

    pkrlvr…
    If you hate to see politics on this site why are you making political comments? I agree with your comment about politicians but you’re off base about GOP’s only purpose of saying no to Democrats. If what the president and the Dems are proposing is bad for the country they have an obligation to say no.

  15. overkil2 says: Feb 18, 2010 2:39 PM

    RFA is screwing players. Teams tell players to play out their contracts then they can make money.
    They do, then the teams slaps a tag on them or are RFA and they basically are screwed for another year. Yes, they still get paid well, but not if they were in the open market and some of them just want to get the hell out of the place they are in. Besides, what happens if they get hurt that year? Then their value in the open market the following year will seriously be hurt.
    I’m all for rookie wage scales, etc, but when someone plays out their contract, let them to wherever they want.

  16. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 18, 2010 2:43 PM

    Poo Fling Monk & Pkrlvr
    This guy is trolling you with his name. You must remember this is America and he can have his handle as whatever.
    Lawyers like Florio fight for guys like this to be able to express his views in any fashion he desires.

  17. TEXANS84 says: Feb 18, 2010 2:44 PM

    Can’t say I blame OD, he’s being underpaid for what he does and was tracking for a greater than 1,000 yards recieving this past year.
    3 million is a lot of money, but considering he’s taking hits across the middle and blocking…seems like a bargain.
    PS-ImpeachObammaNow: Is that you, Rush?

  18. PhillyHouse says: Feb 18, 2010 3:02 PM

    yem123: Man, you are right! I hated to see that guy go down last year.
    I personally don’t mind politics being discussed on any forum (even if it seems missplaced). I disagree with “ImpeachObamanow”, but he’s free to have any username he wants.
    The irony is that he doesn’t want Daniels to exercise his right to test the free market and increase his profits. A set “pay scale” sounds like socialism to me…

  19. mikeoxlong says: Feb 18, 2010 3:03 PM

    Obama is lieing and the county is dieing !
    Stop the creation of a welfare nation !
    Obamunism is communism!
    We are the USA not the USSA!
    Stop the Obamanation take back our nation !

  20. last starfighter says: Feb 18, 2010 3:47 PM

    # mikeoxlong says: February 18, 2010 3:03 PM
    Obama is lieing and the county is dieing !
    Stop the creation of a welfare nation !
    Obamunism is communism!
    We are the USA not the USSA!
    Stop the Obamanation take back our nation !
    ——————————————————————Lay off the crack pipe and maybe you will be able to read a newspaper once in a while shi* for brains. Then you might have an effing clue about Obama. Anywho, when you decide to stop hating America and its democracy you will get your act together. Obama can’t pull the country out of the crapper overnight. Looks like we’re on the right track finally getting control of Afghanistan and the the Taliban, you know the people that attacked on 9-11 and not the Iraqis. . .

  21. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Feb 18, 2010 4:00 PM

    ImpeachObamaNow, when Florio starts PoliticalTalk.com, feel free to vent you’re political wrath. Last time I checked, this site was about professional football.
    I suppose next you’ll be storming Capitol Hill to argue the tuck rule?

  22. Ed Reed 20 says: Feb 18, 2010 4:52 PM

    What about your name Poo Flinging Monkey? isn’t that another name for Obama as well?

  23. thecrazytomato says: Feb 18, 2010 5:31 PM

    last starfighter says: February 18, 2010 3:47 PM
    Lay off the crack pipe and maybe you will be able to read a newspaper once in a while shi* for brains. Then you might have an effing clue about Obama. Anywho, when you decide to stop hating America and its democracy you will get your act together. Obama can’t pull the country out of the crapper overnight. Looks like we’re on the right track finally getting control of Afghanistan and the the Taliban, you know the people that attacked on 9-11 and not the Iraqis. . .
    Really? I can tell you, that he is tearing up this country for the middle class folks.
    The tax hits that will happen because of the Health Care reform that he has been pushing for will destroy middle class families. Force families like mine to drop my healthcare and sign up for govt healthcare, so I can save a few dollars on my pay check, since it will get taxed twice as hard.
    The ciggeratte tax. I mean serisouly? How many people below poverty line smoke? If you think the American people will quit ciggs with Nicotine being one if not the most addicting substance we know, you are mistaken.
    To my knowledge, this would be the first year that the Veterans don’t get a cost of living raise.
    That extra 25 dollars a paycheck we were all suppose to see, well…. it comes back at you at the begining of the year. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t enjoy paying out 30k in taxes this year. “Granted its still somewhat Bush’s tax policy, but if your trying to get the people to spend money, well its not working. It just happens to be the first time I have ever had to pay in taxes at the begining of the year. “Still owe 2500 or so” It might be just a random thing, but when Im used to getting back 3-5k and now Im paying with no changes, something has happen.
    I can go at this all day long.

  24. tx_tuff says: Feb 18, 2010 6:18 PM

    O D is one of the best tight ends in the game, he deserves to have a nice contract. Problem is that there are teams out there paying lesser TEs at higher salaries. The Texans have some very nice young TEs on the team and no matter how good Daniels is it would not be smart to pay this guy 9 mill a year or anything close to that. I love Daniels but I would gladly take a 1st and 3rd round pick for him!

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