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Owen Daniels decides to rehab with the Texans

Remember all that tough talk from Texans tight end Owen Daniels, who was going to hold out of training camp to protest a second straight season operating under a restricted free agency tender?  That guy doesn’t work here anymore.

The man who claims he’s Owen Daniels has reported to the team’s training facility without the long-term extension he so desperately wants.

“I did not sign my tender, but the Texans stepped up and put a document together that allowed me to come out and still rehab and be around the guys, so it’s definitely an act of good faith on their part to protect themselves and me as well,” Daniels said in comments distributed by the team.

He makes it sound like some special document.  It isn’t.  It’s a letter of protection, the same document that every unsigned draft pick receives and that an increasing number of unsigned restricted free agents are signing.  Basically, he’ll get his full $3.168 million if while rehabbing his torn ACL something happens to keep him from playing in 2010.

Daniels also echoed his comments from last week to Jim Rome regarding progress toward a long-term deal.  “We’ve had some positive talks,” Daniels said.  “They’ve indicated they want to get something done; we’ve just got to wait [until] I get healthy and cleared and see what happens.”

Daniels has more leverage than he possessed a year ago.  In 2009, he had to sign his RFA tender by June 15 or risk having the team scale it back dramatically.  This year, the team’s option to reduce the tender to 110 percent of his 2009 salary would result in a reduction from $3.168 million to $3.0712 million only.
 
So Daniels can choose to rehab only and avoid all other activities — including training camp and the preseason — unless and until he signs the offer.  His risk is that the Texans would rescind the tender, making him a free agent long after the big money has been spent.

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5 Responses to “Owen Daniels decides to rehab with the Texans”
  1. Caldon says: Mar 30, 2010 1:58 PM

    His risk is that the Texans would rescind the tender, making him a free agent long after the big money has been spent.
    ————
    Not much of a risk in an uncapped year, since big money can jump back in the pool anytime it wants.

  2. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 30, 2010 2:01 PM

    $3.168 million?
    really…thats it?
    he can’t feed his family off that

  3. ccusson1122 says: Mar 30, 2010 2:07 PM

    ISN’T IT USF’S proday too???? what kind of juice do you guys have on pierre-paul, selvie,mitchell, allen, and murphy???????

  4. Titans*Smoke*Pole says: Mar 30, 2010 2:08 PM

    Owen Daniels is a great player and I hope to see him in Houston for a long time.

  5. Tcostant says: Mar 30, 2010 2:24 PM

    I feel bad Owen Daniels, the Texans last year offered him a long term deal that would have made him the second highest paid TE. But he (or his agent) saw the greener pastures of 2010 as an UFA. But a funny thing happened, the owners exercised their rights and made 2010 and uncapped year and Daniels and 211 of his fellow NFLers become restricted Free agents rather than the UFA he would have been in a capped year.
    Did he get bad advice from his agent or was this greed? I don’t know. He was playing at a Probowl level last year when he got hurt, so that only makes it worse. Players need to remember that agents work for them.

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