New Ravens TE Daniels has something to prove

Apr 4, 9:46 PM

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - New Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels feels like he has something to prove.

Daniels is a two-time Pro Bowler. He has been one of the most productive players at his position during the last decade, even last season at age 31.

But after spending the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Houston Texans, he was released by the Texans on March 11.

Now with the Ravens, Daniels wants to show he can be the same type of playmaker that he was for so many years in Houston.

He signed a one-year contract with Baltimore on Friday.

''When you're with a franchise for that long and then they obviously decide that you're not good enough for them anymore and they want to go in a different direction, that definitely gives you a big chip (on your shoulder) and gets you motivated,'' Daniels said.

Even aside from that, Daniels is simply looking forward to getting back on the field.

He had 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the Texans' first five games last season, but he missed the final 11 games with a leg injury.

''I'm excited to get back out there, get back to work and remind of what I did the year before and in the first five games last year,'' Daniels said.

The year before, Daniels was selected to the Pro Bowl after catching 62 passes for 716 yards and six touchdowns.

He has had 677 yards or more in each of the four seasons he has played in at least 15 games.

And in Baltimore, Daniels will be reunited with three of his former Texans coaches. Former Houston coach Gary Kubiak is the Ravens' offensive coordinator. Former Texans tight ends coach Brian Pariani now holds that same position in Baltimore, and former Houston offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is the Ravens' quarterbacks coach.

''Coach Kubiak, being in his offense for eight years and coming here, it's a player-friendly offense, a tight end friendly offense,'' Daniels said. ''You spread the ball around to a lot of people.''

The Ravens already had tight end Dennis Pitta, who they re-signed to a five-year contract earlier this offseason, but Kubiak's offenses with the Texans featured a lot of two tight end sets.

Daniels expects more of the same in Baltimore.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team has ''big plans'' for Daniels.

''These are two of the best tight ends in the National Football League who fit this offense really, really well,'' Harbaugh said. ''That's what we're looking at.''

Apr 5, 1:11 PM

Ravens HC Harbaugh thinks TE Daniels' role with the team will 'be plenty big'

Apr 5, 1:11 PM

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With Dennis Pitta comfortably sitting as the Baltimore Ravens first option at tight end, many may have felt bringing in Owen Daniels was simply to add depth to the position. 

However, head coach John Harbaugh says that couldn't be anything further from the truth. 

“I guarantee his role will be plenty big,” Harbaugh told the Carroll County Times. “He’s going to have a lot to do with our success next year, and we’ve got a lot of big plans for him.”

The Ravens figure to use plenty of two-tight end sets under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who Daniels is familiar with from their time together with the Houston Texans.

Daniels has 29 career touchdowns in eight seasons with the Texans. 

[H/T to Pro Football Talk]

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 3, 6:07 PM

Ravens agree to terms with TE Owen Daniels

Apr 3, 6:07 PM

The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Owen Daniels have reached agreement on a 1-year contract, pending a physical.

The 32-year-old Daniels broke into the league with Houston in 2007 and spent his entire career with the Texans before being cut last month. Daniels rejoins former Houston head coach Gary Kubiak, who became Baltimore's offensive coordinator during the offseason.

Daniels broke his right leg last October and played in only five games. He had 24 catches for 352 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, the 6-foot-3, 249-pounder has 385 catches for 4,617 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Baltimore already re-signed tight end Dennis Pitta this offseason and added wide receiver Steve Smith. Along with returning wideout Torrey Smith, the upgraded receiving corps should provide quarterback Joe Flacco with plenty of targets.

Mar 25, 9:41 AM

Report: Ravens interested in free agent TEs Owen Daniels, Ed Dickson

Mar 25, 9:41 AM

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Speaking to the media at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh revealed his team wants to add a tight end in free agency.

Harbaugh mentioned two names - one familiar to the Ravens and one familiar to new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak:

Neither player has been a hot commodity on the open market. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is a shrewd negotiator, and he likely knows he can get a bargain by negotiating with both Daniels and Dickson simultaneously and playing them off one another. Harbaugh's public comments could be intended to put some pressure on each player to sign a team-friendly deal before the other.

Mar 12, 1:50 PM

Report: Former Texans TE Owen Daniels to meet with Packers

Mar 12, 1:50 PM

Former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels is expected to meet with the Green Bay Packers, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Daniels missed 11 games last season with a broken tibial plateau, but had a strong 2012 campaign, catching 62 passes for 716 yards and six touchdowns.

The Texans saved $4.5 million by releasing Daniels, who had one year remaining on a three-year deal.

Mar 11, 11:54 AM

Report: Texans release TE Owen Daniels

Mar 11, 11:54 AM

The Houston Texans have reportedly released tight end Owen Daniels, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle

Releasing Daniels will help save the Texans over $6 million in cap sapce.