In a stunning move early Wednesday morning, NFL Network’s own Mike Garafolo reported that the Green Bay Packers have parted ways with veteran defensive lineman, Mike Daniels.
#Packers are releasing DL Mike Daniels, source says. Wowza.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2019
Daniels, 30, has been a very good defensive lineman throughout his career since being drafted by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft. Daniels has played both DE and DT in Green Bay’s 3-4 scheme, but would be a versatile defensive tackle in Dallas. Along with his ability to disrupt the opposing team, Daniels has always remained consistent in his efforts and production. Over his seven year career, Daniels has recorded 29 sacks, 225 tackles, and 47 tackles for loss. Along with his consistent production, Daniels has stayed relatively healthy throughout his career. That is up until last season when he missed 6.5 games due to a foot injury. Even in a down year in 2018, Daniels still led the Packers in pressures with one every 19.5 snaps.
Mike Daniels may not have a ton of sacks and tfl’s but by no means is he having a bad year. He’s doing a lot of work up front that tends to go unnoticed. pic.twitter.com/bAOxSJUhrD— Andy Herman (@SconnieSports) October 18, 2018
Along with his ability to disrupt the pocket, Daniels has the position flex Rod Marinelli’s loves that would allow the 310-lb defensive lineman to play both the one and the three in his 4-3 scheme. The Cowboys did not show interest in Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh due to their lack of flexibility and how expensive they would be to sign, but with Daniels getting up there in age, while also holding some position flex, this may be just the player that could allow the Cowboys to play their 2019 second-round pick, while also getting better along the front four.
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
It’s rare a player of Daniels’ caliber is released at this point of the year, but with him now available, and the ability to get into camp and learn the defensive playbook, the Cowboys would be wise to look into the possibility of signing Mike Daniels to help get the 2019 Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl.