Packers GM Brian Gutekunst explains reasons for Mike Daniels’ release
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst made a stunning move by releasing Pro Bowl defensive lineman Mike Daniels just as training camp was about to start.
Naturally, there were a lot of questions as to why the Packers decided to dump one of, if not the best defensive player on the team. Gutekunst did his best to explain the thought process behind the move.
“There’s a few factors involved in that. Mike was rehabbing from a foot injury suffered during the season and I think also there was some – quite frankly there was some trade conversations going on and those kind of came apart the last couple of weeks here and that was part of it,” Gutekunst said per WBAY.com.
Daniels had spent his entire seven-year NFL career with the Packers and made the Pro Bowl back in 2017. He played 102 games (72 starts), making 236 tackles with 29.0 sacks with two forced fumbles and an interception.
He had played at least 14 games in every season prior to last season, when he was limited to just 10 games due to a foot injury.
Daniels will certainly not be short on suitors for his services; he claims to have heard from seven teams already shortly after his release.
As for the Packers, they will have to make do with the likes of Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, and Montravius Adams filling the sizable void left by Daniels’ departure from that defensive line this season.