Patriots, Chiefs, Browns among teams interested in Mike Daniels
The Green Bay Packers just released Mike Daniels on Wednesday morning, but he is already drawing a ton of interest.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns all tried to trade for the defensive lineman before he was released, and Garafolo notes that seven teams overall have contacted Daniels.
Given that Daniels is just two seasons removed from a Pro Bowl appearance, all of the interest he is generating does not come as much of a surprise.
The catch is that Daniels played in just 10 games this past season due to a foot injury, an injury that would ultimately require surgery. When he was on the field in 2018, he logged 18 tackles and a couple of sacks.
Daniels, who played his collegiate football at the University of Iowa, was originally selected by the Packers in the fourth round (132nd pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He played in 14 games during his rookie campaign, logging 12 tackles, a pair of sacks, a couple of fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown. Then, the following season, Daniels appeared in all 16 contests and totaled 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
The 30-year-old would go on to become a full-time starter up front for Green Bay during his third season, finishing with 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks that year.
Daniels made his first and only Pro Bowl appearance in 2017 when he recorded 49 tackles, five sacks, and a forced fumble.
The Stratford, N.J. native seems likely to sign with a contender, so the Patriots, Chiefs, and Browns all make sense.