The Houston Texans surprisingly cut veteran tight end Owen Daniels today, a transaction resulting largely because of his scheduled $6.25 million salary-cap figure and $4.5 million base salary for this year.
Daniels played for Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, tight ends coach Brian Pariani and quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison while they were with the Texans prior to Kubiak and his coaching staff being dismissed last season.
Sources say the Ravens will definitely evaluate the merits of potentially having Daniels work in tandem with tight end Dennis Pitta, who recently signed a five-year, $32 million contract to remain with the Ravens.
Daniels is also expected to draw interest from several NFL teams, so his options aren't limited to the Ravens. The Ravens could also could not sign a veteran tight end and draft one and take advantage of a talent-rich draft for that position.
In Kubiak's offense, having two tight ends is vital because of how frequently he implements double tight end sets.
Daniels, 31, spent the majority of last season on injured reserve with a broken fibula suffered in the fourth game, limiting him to 24 receptions.
For his career, Daniels has 385 receptions, 4,617 yards and 29 touchdowns.