NFL analyst ‘surprised’ Green Bay Packers cut Mike Daniels
The Green Bay Packers kick off training camp for the 2019 NFL season today, but they are a very new-look team. After big-time moves in free agency and drafting players who are expected to make an immediate impact, the Packers will be relying on a lot of newcomers. Another big roster move was made yesterday.
Green Bay decided to release former Pro Bowl defensive lineman Mike Daniels. It was a major surprise, but some saw it coming due to the money he was owed.
Ryan Wood of Green Bay Press-Gazette was “surprised” by the move, but he also understood why the decision was made.
I get reasons #Packers cut Mike Daniels. One thing though: they voluntarily forfeited depth at a position known for attrition, an area they were depleted late last year. Even if Daniels isn’t a Pro Bowler, he can still play. Surprised they didn’t have him play out final year.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) July 24, 2019
Daniels had a tough season in 2018 for the Packers. He was unable to produce the numbers that he has in years past and only played in 10 games.
In those 10 appearances with Green Bay, Daniels ended up recording 18 total tackles to go along with two sacks and a defended pass. Needless to say, those numbers weren’t getting the job done. Green Bay wanted to beef up their pass rush and line and they were able to do that with Preston and Za’Darius Smith, along with Rashan Gary.
At 30 years old, Daniels is going to have no trouble finding another team to scoop him up. He is already set to visit with the Cleveland Browns. Other teams with noted interest are the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
Green Bay will look different without Daniels on the line. It will be strange seeing him play elsewhere, but perhaps a change of scenery is exactly what he needed.