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Packers release defensive tackle Mike Daniels


There is always a surprise move or two in the NFL as training camps start, and we just saw a big one occur in Green Bay.

The Packers are releasing defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Few saw this coming from Green Bay. The former Pro Bowl man in the middle has been a longtime stalwart on Green Bay’s defense. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media first reported the news.

Garafolo further reported that Green Bay tried to test Dainels’ trade market before dealing him without any luck. The Packers were set to pay Daniels $8.1 million this season in combined base salary and roster bonuses, Garofolo reported.

He went on to report that one team that could make a run at Daniels is the Cleveland Browns. They have several former Green Bay employees in their front office. Also, the Browns tried to sign defensive tackle Gerard McCoy this offseason before he signed with the Carolina Panthers. So, there still may be a need in Cleveland at the position.

Daniels is only 30. He will likely have several teams interested in him as he unexpectedly hits the market.

Green Bay spent a lot of money this offseason in free agency. It upgraded at defensive end and at linebacker. It better hope it can replace Daniels or there could be another hole in the unit.