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Texans release tight end Owen Daniels

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels hauls in a touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills as Texans owner Bob McNair watches in Houston Reuters

As new Texans head coach Bill O’Brien remakes his team, he’s clearly going to be moving some parts from last year’s 2-14 bunch.

But in a bit of a surprise, one of the first moves was away from a guy who was productive when they were still good.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are releasing tight end Owen Daniels.

The move clears $4.5 million worth of cap room, but Daniels had been willing to restructure. He missed 11 games last year after breaking his tibial plateau, but was coming off a 62-catch, six-touchdown season in 2012.

The 31-year-old Daniels should still draw a good market if he’s well. Considering former Texans coach Gary Kubiak is now with the Ravens, that becomes one of the first potential landing spots.

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33 Responses to “Texans release tight end Owen Daniels”
  1. deflateddome says: Mar 11, 2014 11:54 AM

    With Finley and probably Quaarles gone. Introducing The 2014 Packers starting tight end…

  2. securb2013 says: Mar 11, 2014 11:55 AM

    Pats book it.

  3. calhounlambeau says: Mar 11, 2014 11:57 AM

    Come to Green Bay, please.

  4. joeflaccoallday says: Mar 11, 2014 11:58 AM

    Pitta and Daniels!?

  5. rc33 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:00 PM

    Surprising, in light of his willingness to restructure. The problem for O’Brien is, despite their 2-14 previous season, they’re actually not in great shape against the cap, which is both embarrassing and incredible. Looks like a cleansing is underway.

  6. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 11, 2014 12:02 PM

    Pretty safe to say that Garrett Graham will be getting that money.

    For your health.

  7. patriots87 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:05 PM

    Pats please.

  8. 11stanleycups says: Mar 11, 2014 12:08 PM

    Take your talents to South Beach Owen.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 11, 2014 12:10 PM

    Fortunately… I don’t know much about tibial plateau fractures… but… joe paterno had one… and… look what happened with him.

    Anyway… Owen Daniels (IF HEALTHY and RECOVERED) would be a nice low cost signing.

  10. ravenscaps48 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    Baltimore Bound

  11. jgd3rd says: Mar 11, 2014 12:12 PM

    Baltimore trades Dickson for Daniels..I say yes, let’s do this!

  12. drock36 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:22 PM

    All these posts, ‘please come to my team’ shows how most fans have no clue.

    This guy was cut from the Texans and was willing to take a pay cut. That tells you how little his team values him and how little he values his talent.

    Take him if you want, because the ‘grass is always greener.’

  13. htown1035 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:24 PM

    rc33 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:00 PM

    Surprising, in light of his willingness to restructure. The problem for O’Brien is, despite their 2-14 previous season, they’re actually not in great shape against the cap, which is both embarrassing and incredible. Looks like a cleansing is underway
    ———————————————-

    Not quite – they’re $8M under the cap and with cutting Daniels and McCain this gives them an additional $5.5M.

  14. ravenswhat says: Mar 11, 2014 12:28 PM

    If you are on the wrong side of 30 on the offensive side of the ball and your name isn’t Brady or Peyton? You better start updating that resume.

  15. jstreet1985 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:32 PM

    Baltimore can’t trade Dickson for Daniels cus their both free agents, well Dickson as of 4 pm today

  16. nvl004 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:33 PM

    it was a good career. I’d be surprised if anyone picks him up.

  17. slaugin says: Mar 11, 2014 12:34 PM

    If he’s willing to take a little less I don’t see how the Pats wouldn’t be interested. Would also relieve a need in the draft for another position

  18. patriots87 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:36 PM

    drock36 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:22 PM

    All these posts, ‘please come to my team’ shows how most fans have no clue.

    This guy was cut from the Texans and was willing to take a pay cut. That tells you how little his team values him and how little he values his talent.

    Take him if you want, because the ‘grass is always greener.’
    ——————-
    oh yea, a productive TE with minimal injury history that should/would be a low cost signing.
    You’re right, why would I want such a player on my team?
    All players have ?’s

  19. willnit says: Mar 11, 2014 12:38 PM

    Lions…as a backup.

  20. realfootballfan says: Mar 11, 2014 12:38 PM

    Long overdue. After flashing early in his career, he’s been on a steady decline for years.

  21. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 11, 2014 12:41 PM

    If Miami signed him… and… Keller is healthy… Tannehill would have a MONSTER YEAR.

    I mean…. Tannehill had 3913 yards and 24 touchdowns while being murdered in the backfield due to lil’ richie incognito and friends terrible blocking.

    58 sacks.

    Healthy Keller and Daniels make fast transactions (before Tannehill gets cashed in due to poor offensive line play).

  22. thekingdave says: Mar 11, 2014 12:42 PM

    OD was on another level through 08 and the beginning of 09. He was negotiating a deal with the Texans and shooting to be the highest paid TE in the NFL, and deservedly so at the time. I swear, he was open over the middle time after time, it was great. He then tore his ACL 09 in Buffalo, and hasn’t been at that level since. He’s been solid no doubt, but not continuing on the trajectory he had established. What is left in the tank? Hands are still good, he’d be nice depth for a team that runs a lot of multiple TE sets. Nonetheless, I thank him for all of his contributions from 2006 until now. He’s the last guy from that awesome 2006 draft which provided the foundation for the Kubiak era(Rick Smith had nothing to do with this draft).

  23. canaleja521 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    Owen Daniels, at least to me was still very productive. I feel as if the Texans should have attempted to restructure his contract bashed on his ability to play. He wasn’t worth the money they were giving him. Maybe they tried to fix his contract up, who knows. But I think this will hurt the Texans. Garrett, I think is still a little raw and i don’t think is ready for the starting TE spot.

    Hopefully I’m wrong.

  24. uwsptke says: Mar 11, 2014 12:49 PM

    Over 30 with a checkered injury past typically doesn’t get you signed by Green Bay. But another Texan/UW product (Garret Graham) is the type of FA they would probably at least show interest in.

  25. loyalraven says: Mar 11, 2014 12:50 PM

    Welcome to Baltimore Owen!

  26. citnetter says: Mar 11, 2014 12:51 PM

    Despite having decent numbers in 2012, Daniels was already showing his age and signs of wear-and-tear that year. He was definitely looking slow in 2013 well before his injury. He might have some production left in the tank, but I doubt it’s much and him getting cut is not surprising in the least.

  27. bennyb82 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:54 PM

    Daniels is getting older but he is dependable when healthy. Some team is going to get a solid player who has some left in the tank.

  28. okeedokeesmokee says: Mar 11, 2014 12:58 PM

    COME TO THE JAGUARS BUDDY! Team him with Lewis OOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo pretty decent TE combo!

  29. ovaw8lova says: Mar 11, 2014 1:05 PM

    I do not see him going to Baltimore. Pitta is the #1 TE. That is a stretch considering Daniels is still an effective tight end.

  30. ctgiant says: Mar 11, 2014 1:15 PM

    GREAT, only because the giants will sign a TE, and the more options=less $$$.
    CT GIANT

  31. tsmercurio says: Mar 11, 2014 1:18 PM

    I’m probably on the minority with this, but..

    Jermaine Gresham puts the ball on the ground more than any other TE in football

    2012 – 2nd most drops (TE)
    2013 most fumbles (TE)

    Some teams see extreme value in him. Can the Bengals trade him and upgrade with Daniels, and have Tyler Eifert as the dual combination?

  32. kurmudge says: Mar 11, 2014 1:53 PM

    I have a feeling that O’Brien’s ego and urge to make the roster completely his own will cause him to screw this up.

  33. kanemoney says: Mar 11, 2014 2:40 PM

    All these posts about players being geriatric once they hit 30 is silly. Tight ends often have longer shelf life, so I could see him being productive for another 3-5 years.

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