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A Gaping Void - Part 2: Owen Daniels
Tight End Salaries
8/23/2005: Signed a six-year, $24 million contract. The deal included a $6 million signing bonus and contains $10.5 million in total guarantees. 2008: $3 million, 2009: $3.25 million, 2010: $3.625 million, 2011: Free Agent.
7/22/2006: Signed a six-year, $29 million contract extension through 2012. The deal included a $6 million signing bonus and a $6 million option bonus in the second year. 2008: $1.905 million, 2009: $2.5 million, 2010: $2.641 million, 2011: $3.391 million, 2012: $3.641 million, 2013: Free Agent.
Is Owen Daniels as good as Gates or Witten? Probably not, at least not yet. That said, those deals came a few years ago, and they may be a little outdated. Daniels would probably be looking for about a five-year deal. How many zeros would it take for Daniels to sign? Probably something in the neighborhood of $35 million with $10 million guaranteed. That would make for these possible cap numbers: 2009--$3.5 mil, 2010--$5 mil, 2011--$7 mil, 2012--$9 mil, and 2013--$10.5 mil.
That's great that you're looking one, two, or even five years down the road, but what does any of this mean this season? Contract years in the NFL are funny things. Players realize their future is on the line, and they tend to perform at an optimum level. Think back to Albert Haynesworth last year--he knew he was auditioning for his big payday, and he became the force everyone knew he had the talent to be.
Owen Daniels and Eric Winston both know they're in contract years, sort of. They will likely take their games up a notch because they can smell the cash every time they (or in Winston's case, the offense) find the end zone. Expect the strong side of the Texans line to change from gaping void to steel blue stampede this season as Daniels and Winston have a little bit of extra motivation to play for.
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