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Owen Daniels | Tight End

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/9/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 245
College: Wisconsin
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Owen Daniels visited the Patriots before signing with the Ravens.
We knew Daniels visited the Packers and Redskins before signing with Baltimore, but word of a New England jaunt never leaked. The Pats have a rehabbing Rob Gronkowski (knee) at tight end, but a vacancy at the "move" spot Aaron Hernandez used to play. The Pats could address tight end in the draft. Apr 7 - 4:49 PM
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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team has "big plans" for new tight end Owen Daniels.

"Just couldn’t be more happy, more excited," said Harbaugh. "I guarantee his role will be plenty big." Daniels has become injury prone as of late, but he is a solid receiving tight end who was on pace for a 77-807-10 line last season before fracturing his tibial plateau in Week 5. With Daniels on board, the Ravens are likely to make heavy use of "12 personnel" to create mismatches for Daniels and Dennis Pitta.
Apr 5 - 12:07 PM

Owen Daniels' one-year contract with Baltimore includes zero guaranteed money, and has a base value of just $1 million.

The max value is $2 million, with the other $1 million available via incentives. It's another savvy signing by Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. Daniels is 31 and has become increasingly injury prone in recent seasons, but made a Pro Bowl as recently as 2012, and in 2013 was on pace for a 77-807-10 stat line before fracturing his tibial plateau in Week 5. Daniels' addition will allow the Ravens to make heavy use of "12 personnel," creating mismatches alongside Dennis Pitta.
Apr 4 - 2:12 PM

Ravens agreed to terms with TE Owen Daniels, formerly of the Texans, on a one-year contract.

Daniels is reuniting with Ravens OC Gary Kubiak, who was his head coach his entire Texans career. Going on 32, Daniels has been in slow decline, but should be an excellent complement to Dennis Pitta in the middle of the field. Kubiak loves two-tight end sets, and Daniels has caught at least 54 passes in each of his past five healthy seasons. A broken leg limited him to just five games and 24 grabs in 2013, but he's now 100 percent. Daniels' days as a fantasy TE1 are long gone, but he'll be a reliable pair of hands for a team that lacked them last season. In theory, Daniels' history with Kubiak is a concern for Pitta, but Pitta will be an iron-clad No. 1 on the depth chart.
Apr 3 - 5:17 PM

Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens remain interested in free agent Owen Daniels.

Daniels hasn't seen any action in nearly two weeks. He was released by the Texans before quickly visiting the Ravens, Packers, and Redskins. Baltimore wants to add a tight end to pair with Dennis Pitta. Daniels and Ed Dickson appear to be the frontrunners, while the draft is also an option.
Mar 25 - 9:10 AM

Free agent Owen Daniels will visit the Redskins.

Daniels was in Green Bay visiting the Packers on Wednesday, but Green Bay re-signed Andrew Quarless on Thursday. Daniels could be a reliable middle-of-the-field target for Robert Griffin III, allowing Jordan Reed to stretch the seams.
Mar 13 - 2:25 PM

Free agent Owen Daniels is visiting the Packers.

With Jermichael Finley likely moving on in free agency and Andrew Quarless possibly following him, the "depth" is missing from the Packers' tight end depth chart. Now 31, Daniels is in the twilight of his career, but would be a reliable chain mover for Aaron Rodgers if he could stay healthy. Daniels missed 11 games with a broken leg last season.
Mar 12 - 1:26 PM

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports the Ravens have internally discussed free agent Owen Daniels.

New Ravens OC Gary Kubiak "loves" Daniels and is big on two-tight end sets. Ed Dickson is a free agent in Baltimore and won't be back. Pairing Daniels with Dennis Pitta and giving Joe Flacco two reliable middle-of-the-field targets wouldn't be a bad idea. Daniels broke his leg last season but is 100 percent.
Mar 11 - 3:28 PM

Texans released TE Owen Daniels.

Daniels, 31, was set to count $6.25 million against the cap. With the Texans having just $10 million in space, clearing Daniels' $4.5 million in savings was a necessity. Second-year TE Ryan Griffin is now being set up to take over No. 1 duties in Houston. He's a breakout candidate after showing well down the stretch in 2013. Daniels has battled injuries the past couple years, including a broken leg that cost him 11 games last season. The Ravens (with old friend Gary Kubiak) and the tight-end needy Giants are candidates to show interest in "O.D."
Mar 11 - 11:48 AM

Owen Daniels is open to restructuring his contract to remain with the Texans.

Don't mistake that for being willing to take a pay cut. Daniels, 31, is scheduled to count $6.25 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, and the Texans, who are $9.2 million under the cap, could clear $4.5 million by cutting him.
Mar 11 - 8:57 AM

Owen Daniels (leg) said he's 100 percent healthy.

Daniels fractured his tibial plateau in Week 5 and completed his rehab in mid-January. "It's like it never happened," Daniels said. "I feel good in that respect. I'm looking forward to coming in fresh and healthy." Daniels will be all systems go for OTAs. It's unclear if he'll be back in Houston. Ryan Griffin's role should increase with the Texans either way. Daniels will turn 32 this season.
Mar 10 - 6:16 PM

Owen Daniels acknowledged there's a chance he may not be back with the Texans in 2014.

"I try not to (think about it)," Daniels said. "I think I’m one of the leaders and one of the staples of this team. If they choose to keep me my last year of my contract, which I hope they do, that’s great. I’d like to play here and only wear this uniform. ... The uncertainty is always weird. ... So I’d like to know basically." Daniels is set to count $6.25 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. He's also become increasingly injury-prone at 31 years old. Garrett Graham is headed for free agency. Rookie Ryan Griffin showed he can handle a full-time role as a pass-catching tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 08:39:00 PM

Texans interim coach Wade Phillips had "nothing new" to offer on Owen Daniels' (leg, short-term I.R.) Week 16 availability during Phillips' Wednesday post-practice press conference.

It certainly doesn't look like Daniels will be activated this week. Phillips suggested Monday that Daniels "might" resume practicing this week, but he apparently did not on Wednesday and appears likely to stay on the injured reserve list until Week 17 at soonest. With Garrett Graham (hamstring) also not practicing, rookie Ryan Griffin may get another start against the Broncos.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Owen Daniels (leg) "might" return for Week 16.

"I don't know," were the words of interim coach Wade Phillips when asked about Daniels' status on Monday. "I think it's still a might situation this week, as far as him practicing." With the Texans' season long over, it's unclear why they're so adamant about leaving open the possibility of Daniels returning, but he appears less than 50-50 to suit up against the Broncos. Daniels should remain quarantined to the waiver wire in re-draft leagues.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 04:50:00 PM

Speaking Sunday, Owen Daniels (leg) said he still hopes to play in the final two games of the season.

Daniels remains on short-term IR and admitted that he doesn't know if he'll be able to return. The Texans tight end spot is a fluid situation with Garrett Graham's Week 16 status unclear as well due to a hamstring pull. Third-stringer Ryan Griffin came on and led the team with six catches for 62 yards in the loss at Indy.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 11:00:00 AM