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Bengals sign Mike Daniels to 1-year deal up to $2.7M

Mike Daniels, Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly signed defensive tackle Mike Daniels to a one-year deal worth up to $2.7 million, beefing up their defense and creating fresh intrigue in the AFC North.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said earlier on Tuesday he expected the team would sign Daniels.

The Bengals know that Daniels has struggled with injuries as of late, playing just 19 games over the past two years and also falling out of favor with Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia last season.

But Daniels has been a menace when healthy. This is why the Bengals are taking the risk.

The former Iowa standout was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017 after he racked up 5.0 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for a loss. He has been one of the more effective pass-rushers from the tackle spot, and the Bengals are hoping Daniels can stay healthy and regain his old form.

If nothing else, Daniels gives Cincy plenty of depth.

The Bengals signed former Houston Texans defensive tackle D.J. Reader to a four-year deal earlier this offseason, pairing him with two-time All-Pro Geno Atkins to form an imposing duo up the middle. Daniels also figures to play a role, with the possibility Atkins could play on the end.

Much of the hype surrounding the Bengals has centered around No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, the hometown kid looking to instill some competitiveness in the franchise.

But Cincy has made a concerted effort to upgrade its defense. The Bengals splashed on Reader up front and also signed former Minnesota Vikings corner Trae Waynes to a lucrative deal.

Daniels appears to be more of a depth add, though he has plenty of upside if he can produce along the lines of his days with the Green Bay Packers.