After missing the entire 2008 season due to his knee injury on the first day of training camp, Phillip Daniel is ready to return to the Redskins this season and he is very excited about it as Jason La Canfora reports.
"Defensive end Phillip Daniels says he expects to sign a contract to return to the Redskins in the next few days, and will definitely play for the team in the fall. Daniels called the Redskins today and agreed to terms on a one-year, veteran minimum deal, according to a league source.
"I'm coming back, I just talked to all the guys," Daniels said by telephone after a training session in Chicago. "I'll probably end up signing today or tomorrow, but I'm definitely coming back."
Daniels and his friend Renaldo Wynn are the only experienced left ends on the roster and the two are likely to share time. Daniels has expressed his desire to start and would likely come into training camp as the front-runner. He has been with the Redskins since 2004 but has battled injuries and missed all of last season after hurting his knee on the first day of training camp.
Daniels, who said he is in great health now and will continue to work out on his own in Chicago, expects to join the team for mini-camp after the draft. He does power lifting sessions in the offseason, and has generally been allowed to do so with his personal trainers instead of participating in the offseason workout program at Redskins Park."
One thing about Daniels that I like is that he's a leader on that Defensive Line and he has veteran experience. He is not a lethal pass rusher though, his career high in sacks in a season was 9. However, his presence on the defensive line can eagerly jump start the Defense in general. If Daniels stays healthy in 2009, it should greatly improve our D-Line from last year, and the D should have more sacks and create more turnovers as well.