A career look-back at new Broncos tight end Owen Daniels. (All photos by The Associated Press)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — **The Broncos addressed tight end with one of their first free agency decisions on the open market, agreeing to terms with two-time Pro Bowler Owen Daniels to a three-year contract on Tuesday.
"Owen is a two-time Pro Bowl tight end who's had a great deal of production throughout his NFL career," said Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. "He's a versatile, well-rounded and proven player in this league. Owen has a lot of experience playing for Gary (Kubiak) and knows this offense. We're glad he's going to be a Denver Bronco."
Daniels recorded 527 receiving yards on 48 receptions with four touchdowns last season with the Ravens. Previously he had spent eight seasons in Houston, where he made the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2012. In his career, Daniels has totaled 433 receptions, 33 receiving touchdowns and 5,144 receiving yards.
"I've had the opportunity to coach Owen for the last nine years, and he's the consummate pro," Kubiak said. "He has one goal – to win a championship. Owen is a great player and an even better person and teammate. He is a leader and the type of guy you want on your football team."
Though catching passes is often what earns tight ends glory, Daniels also has a reputation as a solid blocker, and one who's quite familiar with Gary Kubiak's blocking schemes, to boot.
Daniels' history under Kubiak goes back to the beginning of his NFL career. He was a fourth-round draft pick in Kubiak's first season as the Texans' head coach, and both his Pro Bowl seasons came under Kubiak as his head coach. When Kubiak went to Baltimore for the 2014 season, so did Daniels, both intent on winning with a contending team. Broncos Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison has been around Daniels plenty, as well, including last year on the Ravens.
As Kubiak brought the zone blocking scheme that would be so successful in Baltimore, Daniels' familiarity and success in it fit for them.
"Owen Daniels is a good blocker," Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said last April. "Put on the tape, and you're going to see a very good blocker. He understands the blocking scheme."
Now Daniels will bring that experience and versatile skill set as a receiver and blocker to the Broncos as they prepare to implement a new offense in Denver.