The Baltimore Ravens may have gotten more than they bargained for with former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels. The Ravens signed Daniels to a one-year deal on Friday, but the tight end is ready to prove to his former team that he has moved on and will be at the top of his game in 2014.
Daniels has spent every season playing in Houston under current Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak since his NFL debut in 2006. The veteran will not only add options on offense, but also a more experienced knowledge of Kubiak’s offense.
“I’ve been with Kubiak and [tight ends coach] Pariani the longest, and so obviously I have tons of respect for them in giving me my first opportunity to play and now giving me another one here,” Daniels said about coming to play in Baltimore.
The Ravens have locked up tight end Dennis Pitta for five years, but adding another veteran to the position could help to mix things up.
Daniels was let go from the Texans roster this offseason and is determined to make a statement in 2014.
“When you’re with a franchise that long and then all of the sudden they decide you’re not good enough for them anymore and they want to go in a different direction, yeah that definitely gives you a big chip, and it gets you motivated,” Daniels said.
The two-time Pro Bowl tight end is just one of the new additions to the revamped Ravens offense. He will join Joe Flacco on the attack alongside a few Ravens newcomers, including wide receiver Steve Smith, running back Justin Forsett, and center Jeremy Zuttah.
After visiting with the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers, Daniels signed with the Ravens, finding it to be the best fit for the free agent.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for the organization and the players here just because the Ravens and the Texans had so many battles over the years back and forth with it,” he said. “I’ve been on the wrong side of things here in Baltimore, but with all that, the respect factor and knowing what the organization was about was a huge factor for me.”