The Houston Texans have signed tight end Owen Daniels to a four-year contract extension.
That’s a lot of money for a guy who hasn’t quite been the same since tearing his ACL in 2009.
Prior to that injury, Daniels was one of the hottest tight ends in the league. He was on pace to catch 80 passes and surpass the 1,000-yard mark in his fourth NFL season. Those would have been career highs.
But even though he was healthy enough to start the 2010 season, Daniels wasn’t himself. As a result, the entire offence was off its game … again. He was held to fewer than 50 yards in six of the season’s first seven weeks and missed the next five games due to injury. He finished the season strong, though — amassing 22 receptions and 271 yards in the final month of the year.
It looks as though that hot finish earned Daniels a lot of money. Now, can he stay healthy for a full season?