The Houston Texans released tight end Owen Daniels in order to save $6.25 million against the salary cap in 2014. The Texans’ loss could be the Green Bay Packers‘ gain. Daniels would be the perfect player for the Packers to pick up at tight end. His name may sound familiar to many Wisconsinites. Daniels played four years at tight end for the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, Wis. The 31-year-old player was originally recruited as a quarterback out of Naperville, Ill.
The Packers could get a low-risk, high-reward player if they would sign Daniels. He could become the perfect safety-net for Aaron Rodgers. Daniels has always had good hands at 6-foot-3, 250-pounds. These traits can make him a great red zone target for Rodgers. Although Daniels is returning from a broken leg, coming back from an injury is something he has been successful with throughout his career. He has bounced back from many injuries, including a torn ACL midway trough the 2009 season.
Daniels made an immediate impact for the Texans after being selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. He played so well that he was named to the NFL All-Rookie team. During his eight years in the NFL, Daniels has hauled in 385 passes for a total of 4,617 yards and 29 career touchdowns. Daniels has been named to the AFC Pro-Bowl team twice.
The Packers will likely need to fill a void at the tight end position. If Jermichael Finley is medically cleared to play, it sounds like he will probably continue his career elsewhere. Andrew Quarless is also a free-agent and appears to be on his way out of Green Bay. Daniels would be a perfect fit in the Packers’ offense and could benefit from a change of scenery. To keep the offense running like a well-oiled machine, they need to have solid production from the tight end position.
Daniels could bring consistency to the tight end position which the Packers have been seeking for quite a while. Signing him also gives Rodgers another potent weapon at a reasonable price. Daniels also should feel very comfortable coming back home. Both fans of the Packers and Badgers have observed Daniels enough to know that he is a good player. Many of them would approve of this signing, and it can’t hurt to add a player with Pro-Bowl talent at a bargain price.