According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) March 12, 2014
With Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless out testing the open waters of free agency, Daniels would be an experienced option that could offset some of the production from the afore-mentioned tight end duo should they depart.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Daniels will be entering his ninth year in the NFL in 2014 and has 385 career receptions for 4.617 yards and 29 touchdowns. His best season came two years ago in 2012 when he caught 62 passes for for 716 yards and six touchdowns, and that included missing one game. Those 62 receptions would represent a single-season record for tight ends in Green Bay, previously set by Finley.
Missing games has been a recurring problem for Daniels in recent seasons. He played in only five games this past season after fracturing his fibula and was placed on short-term injured reserve.
In 2009, Daniels was limited to eight games after tearing his ACL, but put those concerns behind him with productive seasons in 2011 and 2012.
One other reason Daniels might be attractive to the Packers is that he's technically not an unrestricted free agent after being released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday and therefore won't count in the compensatory draft pick equation.
Teams receive compensation for losing more free agents of equal value than they sign, which is why the Packers are likely to receive two draft picks this year for losing wide receiver Greg Jennings and linebacker Erik Walden last season.
Daniels would have counted $6.25 million against the salary cap in 2014 had the Texans kept him. He had one year left on a three-year deal worth roughly $15 million.
Signing Daniels would also mitigate the need for the Packers to address tight end in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft, allowing them to focus on other positions, most likely on the defensive side of the football.
In addition to his injury history, there might also be concern about how much Daniels has left in the tank. At 31 years old, the Packers may not want to commit to him on a long-term contract.
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