Take it away, John McClain.
Owen Daniels had been with the team since 2006 when he was a fourth-round pick. This means they must be re-signing TE Garrett Graham.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 11, 2014
Owen Daniels counted $6.25 million on the cap. He was scheduled to make $4.5 million. He's recovered from a fractured fibula.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 11, 2014
The Texans saved $4.5 million on the cap by releasing Daniels.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 11, 2014
While this move stings a bit sentimentally, it makes football sense. Garrett Graham has proven himself to be a capable option in the pass game, and as earned the right to become a full time starter. Ryan Griffin, a sixth round pick from a year ago, will likely step up in Bill O'Brien's tight end heavy offense as the prototypical 6'6" red zone target.
We here at BRB thank Snake Dick for his great years of service, and wish him well when he eventually becomes a Baltimore Raven.