Broncos sign tight ends Owen Daniels, Virgil Green to 3-year contracts
DENVER — The Denver Broncos signed tight end Owen Daniels to a three-year contract on Tuesday.
“Owen is a two-time Pro Bowl tight end who’s had a great deal of production throughout his NFL career,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. “He’s a versatile, well-rounded and proven player in this league. Owen has a lot of experience playing for [Head Coach] Gary [Kubiak] and knows this offense. We’re glad he’s going to be a Denver Bronco,” Elway said.
Daniels, 32, is a 10th-year player who played for Houston from 2006-2013 and Baltimore last season. He has started in 109 of his 115 career regular-season games. He has caught at least one pass in 103 consecutive regular-season games dating to his rookie year to tie with Jason Witten of Dallas for the longest active streak in the NFL among tight ends.
“I’ve had the opportunity to coach Owen for the last nine years, and he’s the consummate pro,” Kubiak said. “He has one goal – to win a championship. Owen is a great player and an even better person and teammate. He is a leader and the type of guy you want on your football team.”
Daniels played his college ball at Wisconsin and graduated from Naperville Central H.S. in Illinois.
Broncos re-sign Virgil Green
Denver also re-signed tight end Virgil Green to a new three-year contract.
“Virgil has been a big part of our team the last four years and will continue to be in the future,” Elway said. “He’s been a reliable, solid contributor since the day he was drafted. We’re very excited Virgil is returning to the Broncos,” Elway said.
The fifth-year pro started a career-high nine games in 2014, including the last six contests of the season. He played his college football at Nevada.
LB Steven Johnson gets 1-year deal
The Broncos signed a new one-year contractor with linebacker Steven Johnson. Johnson (6-1, 237 pounds) is a fourth-year player who appeared in 41 regular-season games (7 starts) during his first three seasons in Denver after being signed by the Broncos as a college free agent from the University of Kansas in 2012. He played in 14 of the team’s regular-season games last year.