The Green Bay Packers have done a lot of work this offseason in improving the defensive line, which has made many believe that Mike Daniels could be a surprise cut before the season starts. Bill Barnwell of ESPN is someone who thinks the team could move on from Daniels, but he suggests the team try to trade him away instead of just cutting him.
Barnwell points out how much money the team gave out this offseason to guys like Adrian Amos and Billy Turner and how that could spell the end of Daniels time on the team and is a big reason why he thinks the team should consider trying to get something back for him.
“If that’s the case, should the Packers think about trading Daniels? There’s no guarantee they will get a compensatory pick for Daniels next offseason given Gutekunst’s interest in free agency, and they could still bring back Muhammad Wilkerson as a rotational piece after his 2018 season with the team was cut short by an ankle injury. A trade also would allow the Packers to save $7.6 million in cash and roll over $8.3 million onto their 2020 cap.”
Barnwell also points out that if they want to improve the defensive line depth, then they should work on signing Daniels to a long term extension.
“On the other hand, if the Packers just want to load up on defensive line depth and emulate the Eagles, they should work on re-signing Daniels now.”
Daniels has been the most consistent defensive player the last few years for the Packers so trading him away could hurt this season but if they don’t have him in the plans long term, maybe moving on and trying to get some assets back is the best plan.