ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In his 10 NFL seasons, tight end Owen Daniels has played on three different teams, but one constant stands out: Gary Kubiak.
Daniels, a former Wisconsin star, broke into the NFL as a fourth-round pick by the Texans in 2006, when Kubiak was the head coach. After eight seasons together in Houston and one more in Baltimore, the duo pounced on the opportunity to reunite this offseason.
"That was a big part of it, obviously," said Daniels, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who signed with the Broncos in mid-March. "If they were going to re-sign Julius, I probably wouldn't have been here. I think once it caught word that he was going to be moving on and that coach Kubiak was here, that kind of opened the door for me."
In an era when player and coaching moves among teams are so commonplace, the chance to play so long for one coach has allowed both to benefit from each other's growth and development over the years.
"I think it's a good relationship," Daniels said. "I want to compare it to a father-son relationship just because of how much time we've spent together and how often we've seen each other and the type of communication that we have. He's not my dad, but he might be my football dad, I'll put it that way."
On Saturday, the two will revisit where Kubiak got his first head coaching job and Daniels got his start in the NFL when the Broncos play an exhibition against the Texans.
"I spent eight years there, so whenever I go back there it'll be a different experience," Daniels said. "It's nice to go back and see the fans and former teammates. It's always a fun part of it."
And he'll also get a chance to reunite with his family members who remain in Houston.
"I get to see my wife and my son. It's going to be awesome," Daniels said.