Longtime TE Owen Daniels cut by Texans

Longtime TE Owen Daniels cut by Texans
March 11, 2014, 11:00 am
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The Texans made a major move on Tuesday, cutting veteran tight end Owen Daniels, a league source confirmed to CSN Houston.

Daniels was set to have a cap hit of $6.25 million in 2014 but the Texans will save $4.5 million against the cap with the move.

Daniels, 31, said on Monday he would be willing to restructure his deal and that he wanted to stay in Houston. He suffered a broken leg that ended his 2013 season early but on Monday said he was completely healthy. Interestingly, Daniels was cut with a "failed physical" designation.

"Honestly," Daniels said at a charity event on Monday, the day before getting cut. "I think I have some more years in the tank and not a lot of tread off my tires last year so I think I have some more in me and hopefully they can be here in Houston.”

The Houston Chronicle and Fox26 first reported that Daniels was cut on Tuesday morning.

Daniels has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Texans and has twice made the Pro Bowl. He was a fourth-round pick in 2006. He ranks second in franchise history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Daniels was the second longest-tenured Texan and third longest-tenured Houston pro athlete behind Andre Johnson and Brad Davis of the Dynamo. Johnson will enter his 12th season with the Texans in 2014 and Davis just started his ninth season with the Dynamo. 

The Texans' other tight end, Garrett Graham, is set to become a free agent at 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Talks between the Texans and Graham's representatives have been moving slowly but might pick up now with Daniels gone.

Paired with the Brice McCain cut, the Texans have saved $5.35 million against the cap before noon on Tuesday. They entered the day with around $9 million in cap space. 

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