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Packers To Release All-Pro Defensive Lineman

The Green Bay Packers have undergone a facelift over the last year or so and it continued on Wednesday morning when the team cut one of its longest-tenured defensive veterans in Mike Daniels.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media first reported the news. 

 

Daniels' release is a stunner because he's been with the team since they drafted him in 2012. He's one of the notable defensive veterans on a unit everyone expected to take a step forward this season and potentially equal the production that Aaron Rodgers and Co. delivered on the offensive side of the ball.

 

On the other hand, maybe this makes a little more sense when you dive a little deeper into it. The defensive tackle signed a four-year, $43 million contract extension with Green Bay near the end of the 2015 NFL season. He's only 29 years old, although he had a down year in 2019 after missing six games because of a foot injury.

 

The former fourth-round pick had been missing in OTAs because of the foot injury and there was a report in May that he might have his snaps reduced heading into the season.

 

Daniels was going to count $10.7 million against the cap in 2019, and by releasing him the Packers will save $8.3 million in cap space.

 

Per Garafolo, the Packers tried to trade Daniels but couldn't find any suitors. Cleveland looms as a team that could continue to build depth on the defensive line by inking Daniels. 

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