Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels identified as potential cut candidate
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report put out his list of the best player from each NFL team that could be cut and for the Green Bay Packers, he thinks it could be defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Daniels is still a really good NFL player and still has a lot of game left, but his skills might fit better on a different team.
As Sobleski points out, the team attacked a different type of defensive lineman this offseason and Daniels doesn’t really fit what general manager Brian Gutekunst was looking for.
First, general manager Brian Gutekunst wants a different type of defensive lineman, as seen by the acquisitions of Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary.
“Not a coincidence, there’s no doubt,” Gutekunst said, per Packers News’ Tom Silverstein. “These are big men with length and power and speed. I felt we needed to get bigger in the front, and we have. Those are the body types we’re looking for.”
Daniels is only six feet tall and that is smaller than the type of player Gutekunst was looking for. The second part that hurts Daniels is his salary.
He has a cap hit of almost $11 million this upcoming season, which is fifth highest on the team. If the team were to cut Daniels, they would save $8.31 million and that is a lot of savings.
Daniels does still offer a lot on the field, so it’s something that the team is going to have to weigh, but there is still a chance the team could move on.