The Green Bay Packers don’t have much in the way of tight ends these days, what with both Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless being free agents. They could remedy that by signing former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels.
Daniels, a Wisconsin Badgers great who was cut by Houston yesterday, is paying the Packers a visit.
Although he’s 31, Daniels would make a nice (and mostly likely, cheaper) replacement for Finley. Daniels lost all but five games of 2013 to a broken leg, but has been quite productive when healthy.
He’s had more than 700 yards receiving in a season three times in his career, with a high 862 in 2008. Last year, he had three touchdown catches in the five games he played.
Although probably not as fast as Finley, Daniels compares favorably size-wise. He’s 6-3, 249, compared to Finley’s 6-5, 247. It’s fair to say Daniels has, uh… softer hands than Finley as well.
The Packers have to be considered the front-runner for Daniels if they want him. When they give him a low-ball offer, that will change, of course. But until then…
Daniels is from Illinois and would be in line for plenty of playing time with the Packers, assuming they don’t re-sign Finley. His only other known suitor is Baltimore, where former Texans coach Gary Kubiak is the offensive coordinator.
The reason Baltimore isn’t a slam dunk is because Daniels would have to take a backseat to Dennis Pitta.