It didn’t take long for Owen Daniels to draw interest on the first official day of NFL free agency. Less than an hour after he was cut by the Houston Texans, it was reported the Baltimore Ravens are interested in signing the former Pro Bowl tight end as a second option alongside Dennis Pitta, who has already re-signed with the 2012 Super Bowl champs. Put simply, that’s a fantastic idea.
The thing that made Joe Flacco so deadly during that Super Bowl run was his arsenal of passing weapons, headlined by Anquan Boldin. Without Boldin, who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, and Pitta, who missed most of the season due to injury, Flacco struggled in 2013. With a health duel-tight end weaponry at his disposal in 2014, Flacco could return to form and make the Ravens’ passing game a problem for opposing defenses again.
With Torrey Smith drawing more and more attention from the opposition, Daniels and Pitta could cross the field on all kinds of underneath routes to make plays for Baltimore and keep the chains moving. This would have a domino effect on Ray Rice, who also had a down year in 2013. With more defensive attention on the passing game again, Rice might also return to form in 2014.
Heck, the addition of Daniels could be the key to putting the Ravens back into title contention solely because of all the domino effects he would create. Of course, he has to be willing to play second fiddle to Pitta, but the chance to win a ring would certainly entice him to accept an offer from Baltimore.