Owen Daniels: Retirement “an option,” but plan is to keep playing

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Tight end Owen Daniels caught a pass for 18 yards from Peyton Manning on the first play of Super Bowl 50, helping the team to a field goal and a lead they wouldn’t relinquish on the way to victory.

It’s the first time Daniels won a Super Bowl ring and comes at the end of a year that saw him deal with trouble in both of his knees. Those troubles and the overall accumulation of 10 seasons in the NFL are enough to make Daniels consider the possibility that he’s reached the end of the line, although he hopes that there’s more football left to play.

“Of course, of course. That’s definitely an option,” Daniels said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “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.”

Daniels had 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season and added two more touchdowns in the AFC title game victory over the Patriots. He’s set to make $3.5 million in 2016.