GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – A high salary, combined with an injury and some high-priced defense surcharges, meant the end for Mike Daniels at the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers fired Daniels on Wednesday one day before the first practice session at the training camp.
While the release of the previous Pro Bowl defensive tackle was a surprise, he should earn $ 8.5 million this season – $ 7.6 million in base salary, $ 500,000 roster bonus and $ 400,000 training bonus. the last year of a $ 41 million four-year contract renewal signed on December 13, 2015, when he looked like a future star.
While the training bonus has already been paid, Packers will save $ 8,312,500 in this season's Cap Space. His cap for this year would have been $ 1
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said general manager Brian Gutekunst will address the change later on Wednesday, adding, "I've been with Mike for a short period of time. I know he has meant a lot to this community, he meant a lot to this football team and since I had to prepare for him in the past, I still think he's a really good player and I wish him well.
"They always want to keep good players. Unfortunately that is part of it. There are difficult decisions that you have to make.
The decision came one day after the Packers signed a $ 20.325 million three-year contract with defense colleague Dean Lowry on Defensive Line, led by Kenny Clark, who signed up for the 2020 season, and Montravius Adams , which was selected in the third round in 2017, have signed up to 2020. In the fifth round they designed the defensive duel against Kingsley Keke year and return supporters Tyler Lancaster, Fadol Brown and James Looney – all three finished the 53-man last season List.
First round select Rashan Gary and veteran Free Agent Za & # 39; Darius Smith, while technically out of linebacker, may go into defensive in certain packages for coordinator Mike Pettine.
The Packers gave in the first week of the $ 56 million for the signing of bonuses, including $ 20 million for Smith and $ 16 million for Colleague Preston Smith.
Daniels, who was voted in the fourth round in 2012, provided the Pro Bowl after the 2017 season as an alternative. He missed two games this year due to a hip injury and finished in 2018 with an injured reserve after a foot injury that ended his season after 10 games.
Daniels did not participate in any of the offseason training sessions, but recently pointed out he was expecting to start the training camp.