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Owen Daniels Signs RFA Tender

A day before the deadline for signing his restricted free agency tender or risk having the financial package shrink like Costanza Jr. in an ice bath, Texans tight end Owen Daniels has inked a one-year deal worth $2.79 million, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. The Texans had tendered Daniels at the highest possible level, in order to preserve a right of first refusal or, alternatively, a first-round pick and a third-round pick as compensation. The window for signing an offer sheet with another team closed eight days before the draft. If Daniels hadn’t signed the tender by Monday, the Texans could have reduced his offer to $535,000, the fourth-year veteran minimum. And the fact that Daniels signed the tender today suggests that the Texans had persuaded Daniels that the risk of a $2.2 million reduction was real. Absent a new Collective Bargaining Agreement or a long-term deal with the Texans (more on that in a bit), Daniels will be a restricted free agent again in 2010.