Receiver DaVaris Daniels is on edge for CFL free agency.
“This will be my third time going through it, I’m a little anxious every time, nothing really changes with that. You have to have some kind of patience because it is a big decision,” Daniels said on The Rod Pedersen Show.
“You have to take your time. You never really know what is going to happen, you never really know what your decision is going to be until you really get there. It can be kind of scary. The easiest decision for everybody is just to go back to the team that they were on before.”
That’s exactly what Daniels did in 2018 inking a contract with Calgary one day prior to the market opening. Daniels burst into the scene in 2016 when he won the Most Outstanding Rookie Award. He spent the first three seasons of his CFL career with the Stampeders recording 148 catches for 2,375 yards and 20 touchdowns while winning a Grey Cup in 2018.
Last year, Daniels was a real free agent, making the drive up Highway 2 in Alberta to Edmonton. He played in 13 games recording 54 catches for 738 yards and two touchdowns. An injury prior to the regular season kept Daniels from breaking the 1,000-yard mark.
“Last year I missed five games off of a concussion that I got in pre-season. I look around the league and I see these numbers, well had I played in those five games I’m interested to see what my numbers would be in comparison to everybody else’s,” Daniels said.
“My confidence is through the roof, but I also have to understand that statistically I haven’t hit 1,000 yet. I haven’t done enough to really put myself as a top tier guy, yet, but I feel like a top tier guy.”
Daniels worked out for the Cleveland Browns in December, but his focus remains on the CFL. The 27-year-old Daniels is in his football playing prime. According to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, Daniels earned $190,000 for his efforts with the Eskimos in 2019.
“It’s make me feel like one of the more dangerous guys in the league if you look at the stats from the number of games that I’ve played and the yards per catch,” Daniels said.
“For me it’s a tough situation because I know this time around my potential, but stat-wise I haven’t been able to fulfill a full season of showing that. I have to humble myself and know contract-wise, maybe this is not my biggest one, maybe my biggest one is coming down the road.”