Texans TE Owen Daniels was given a first-round tender by the team this week, but he signed a new contract on Thursday with Houston. According to PFW correspondent John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, it is a four-year extension. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that it will be worth $22 million.
Daniels has been a go-to target for QB Matt Schaub the past few seasons, but has had trouble staying on the field becasuse of injuries. He missed five games last year with a hamstring injury after missing half of the 2009 season with a knee injury.
The Texans also re-signed RB Derrick Ward to a one-year deal. Ward had a 6.3-yard rushing average in 2010.
The way we see it
This is a smart move for the Texans, as Daniels has proven to be one of the league's best young players at the position. Assuming he can stay healthy, Houston has all the makings of having one of the NFL's top offenses yet again in 2011 with the tight end joining Schaub, WR Andre Johnson and RB Arian Foster. Bringing Ward back helps bolster the Texans' backfield with Foster and Steve Slaton.