Reports: Packers releasing former Pro Bowl DT Mike Daniels
Updated: 3:08 p.m. on July 24, 2019
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Green Bay Packers have released DL Mike Daniels, the team announced Wednesday.
“We want to thank Mike for his tremendous contributions on the field, in the locker room and in the community over the last seven seasons,” General Manager Brian Gutekunst said in a press release. “His incredible work ethic propelled him to be a standout player during his time in Green Bay. We wish Mike, his wife, Heaven, and their entire family all the best.”
Daniels was originally selected by Green Bay in the fourth round (No. 132 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Iowa. In seven seasons with the Packers, he played in 102 regular-season games with 72 starts and recorded 333 tackles (201 solo), 29 sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, four passes defensed and an interception.
After being named an alternate for the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons (2014-16), Daniels was named to the Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald in 2017, becoming just the fifth Packers DT in franchise history to be selected to the Pro Bowl.
According to pro-football-reference.com, his 29 career sacks are tied for No. 1 (since 1982) among Green Bay defensive tackles (Cullen Jenkins). Daniels recorded at least four sacks in five of the last six seasons. He appeared in 10 postseason games, starting each of the last eight, and registered 36 tackles (23 solo), 2.5 sacks and a pass defensed.
Posted: 9:25 a.m. on July 24, 2019
(CBS 58) -- A report from ESPN's Adam Schefter says Green Bay is releasing former Pro Bowl DT Mike Daniels.
Surprise of day: Green Bay is releasing former Pro Bowl DT Mike Daniels, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2019
The news Wednesday was also reported by NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo.
The #Packers explored a trade of Mike Daniels, source adds, but couldn’t make it happen. He was due $8.1m this season in base salary and roster bonuses. The #Browns, with all their former GB connections, figure to at least take a look after trying to sign Gerald McCoy.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2019
Shefter says Daniels will now become a free agent.
Mike Daniels now becomes a free agent; preference would be to sign with Super-Bowl contender. https://t.co/IGyLj7kZ77— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2019
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