Newly acquired Denver Broncos tight end Owen Daniels is surprised the Baltimore Ravens didn’t do more to try to keep him.
While tight end Owen Daniels is excited to be apart of the Denver Broncos offense and, once again, being reunited with Gary Kubiak, he can’t help but feel a bit slighted that the Baltimore Ravens didn’t make more of a push to keep him.
Daniels was the Ravens best tight end last season after Dennis Pitta went down with a hip injury. He registered 48 catches on 79 targets for 527 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had a monster game for the Ravens in the playoffs, catching 8 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
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After signing a three-year, $12 million contract with the Broncos, Owen Daniels told The Associated Press that he was surprised the Ravens didn’t make more of an effort to keep him, according to NBC Sports Pro Football Talk.
Not as much as I thought they would. They came late with an offer, but it was after I had already committed to come here.
It is a bit surprising that the Ravens did not try to retain the 32-year old tight end. He’s proven that he can still be a very effective player, and with the health of Dennis Pitta up in the air after undergoing a second major hip surgery, you would think the Ravens would want to keep him just in case Pitta is not ready to play or suffers another injury.
After Pitta, the Ravens are pretty slim at tight end. They have second-year man Crockett Gillmore, who considers himself to be more a blocking tight end, and Phillip Supernaw, who caught just two passes for 27 yards last season. The Ravens will most likely be looking for a tight end, whether that be through the draft or free agency, as insurance in case Pitta is not healthy for the upcoming season.
Back in Denver, Daniels will once again be playing under Gary Kubiak, who he has played for his entire 9-year NFL career. They have a good relationship with each other, and Kubiak will rely on Daniels to help teach his new teammates the offensive system Kubiak likes to play.
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