"By releasing Daniels, the Texans must be confident they can re-sign Garrett Graham, whose contract expires at 3 (CT) today," he wrote.
2014 is the final year of Owen Daniels' contract with the Houston Texans, and since he sports a $6.25 million salary-cap hit, it's been expected that he could be a cap casualty. However, it appears that he is willing to rework his contract in order to stick with the Texans.
"Tight end Owen Daniels is open to restructuring his contract, if necessary, to remain with the Texans," reported Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Daniels has proved to be a quality tight end when healthy, but he is 31 years old and played just five games last season due to a broken fibula. He miss just two games over the two seasons prior, but injuries cost him a total of 13 games during the '09 and '10 campaigns. It's unclear whether new coach Bill O'Brien sees Daniels as a player he wants to keep.
Further complicating Daniels' situation is that fellow Texans tight end Garrett Graham, who will be 28 when next season begins, is an unrestricted free agent. The Texans may prefer the younger Graham, but it's unclear what his value will be on the free-agent market or whether they will be able to ink him before the market opens this afternoon.
ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli noted Monday that even though Daniels may be willing to restructure his deal, the Texans haven't requested such a move, which could be telling.
"Owen Daniels has also not been asked about restructuring. Said he knows he could be a cap casualty at this point in his career," Ganguli tweeted.