Owen Daniels is confident that he and the Texans can agree on contract terms. So, he’s in Houston this week for voluntary offseason workouts while rehabilitating a right knee injury that prematurely ended his 2009 season.
“I did not sign my tender, but the Texans stepped up and put a document together that allowed me to come out and still rehab and be around the guys,” Daniels, a restricted free agent, said Tuesday, “so it’s definitely an act of good faith on their part to protect themselves and me as well.”
Daniels showed his displeasure over his contract situation last year when he skipped a mandatory minicamp. He reported for training camp, however, and had 40 receptions for 519 yards and five touchdowns in eight games before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Daniels vows he will attend all offseason workouts this year and said he and the Texans have had “some positive talks” about his contract.
“They’ve indicated they want to get something done,” Daniels said. We’ve just got to wait till I get healthy and cleared and see what happens.”
And Daniels doesn’t see any problems in that area, calling his rehab “really, really smooth.” He also reinterated what he said Monday in an NFL.com chat: He expects to be ready to go by June 1.
If so, that would be good news for the Texans and Daniels, who made his first Pro Bowl in 2008 after catching a career-high 70 passes for 862 yards and two TDs.