Texans: 4 former players who could come out of retirement and still play

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4. Houston Texans: Owen Daniels, TE

Yes, this is a bit of nostalgia with this selection here, but hear me out on this one. The former Houston Texans tight end is younger (37 years old) than current Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten (38 years old), but Daniels has more wear and tear on his body with past knee injuries, as he last played in the league with the Denver Broncos in 2015.

Owen Daniels is the very best tight end in franchise history — 100 games, 385 receptions, 4,617 yards, 29 touchdowns. Though the team is set at tight end, he could fill in well during important situations during games, and he would be a great veteran to have around with the younger players at the position.

Daniels wouldn’t start and would probably be the fourth tight end on the roster, but there have been injury issues in the past with the current depth chart concerning Jordan Thomas and Kahale Warring, so Daniels would be a great emergency type of player. Also remember, head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien is in favor of veteran players for 2020.

This is a very long shot, but Daniels did have seven touchdowns in his final two NFL seasons away from the Houston Texans. Again, this is all in good fun, and for a few snaps a game.

Daniels could be well-rested since he retired, and maybe watching Witten come out of retirement last season could motivate Daniels to make a return, which is always fun to think about him ending his career on the field with the Texans.