Owen Daniels is happy the Ravens will play the Texans next season. Daniels spent eight seasons in Houston. The Texans released the veteran tight end in March, and the Ravens agreed to a one-year deal with Daniels on Thursday.
Yes, Daniels has a bone to pick with his former team.
“When you’re with a franchise for that long, and then they all of a sudden decide that you’re not good enough for them anymore and they want to go in a different direction, that definitely gives you a big chip,” Daniels said at his press conference Friday. “We’re playing down there this year. (See) what Steve Smith said about playing Carolina.”
Smith will see his former team when the Ravens host the Panthers. After being released by the Panthers after 13 years, Smith gave this well-circulated comment to WFNZ in Charlotte.
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“I want to make sure that whatever team I go to, wherever it happens to be, they’re going to get the best, in shape, 35-year-old guy they could possibly get,” Smith told WFNZ. “And if that happens to run through Bank of America Stadium…put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere.”
When the Ravens visit Houston, maybe coach John Harbaugh should let Daniels give the pre-game speech. Ditto for Smith, when the Ravens host the Panthers.