The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported via Twitter today that former Texans tight end Owen Daniels has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The deal will reunite Daniels with Gary Kubiak, Baltimore's new Offensive Coordinator. Kubiak was Houston's head coach from 2006-2013, which is the same time frame that Daniels was with the Texans.
Daniels played in 5 games for the Texans in 2013, catching 24 balls for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was released by the Texans March 11.
The good news is definitely for the Ravens, as they now have two of the top pass-catching tight ends in the game. Based strictly on fantasy points per game, Daniels (13.4) and Dennis Pitta (10.7) were both in the top 14 in PPR leagues last year. Granted, they missed a combined 23 games. But, when playing, they were effective. Both players have had success prior to last year as well, so it's not like it's a fluke thing. They're good players.
The bad news for FANTASY owners is that the Ravens now have two of the top pass-catching tight ends in the game. This is a fact that will more than likely diminish both player's value.
More than likely, Daniels will be Pitta's backup, but will also play in two tight end sets. Kubiak likes him. Quarterback Joe Flacco likes PItta, as evidenced by the chemistry they showed in Pitta's last full season. In 2012, Pitta caught 61 balls for 669 yards and hauled in seven touchdowns. He missed most of the 2013 season due to a fractured and dislocated hip suffered in the preseason.
The Ravens drafted two receiving tight ends (Pitta and Dickson) the same year the Patriots did with Gronk and Hernandez, so they have wanted this dual threat TE role for quite some time, but odds are Pitta will be a low-end TE1 and Daniels will be a Bye Week filler. Don't be surprised though, if Daniels still has something left in the tank.