The Cincinnati Bengals have added another strong defender to their line.
Cincinnati and Mike Daniels have agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $2.7 million, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.
Daniels played seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers and made the Pro Bowl in 2017. He then signed a 1-year, $9.1 million deal with the Detroit Lions last year but only played in nine games for them and ended the season on injured reserve.
Daniels can be a major factor on the interior defensive line, but his foot injury could be a problem. He missed the final six games of 2018 due to his foot and dealt with foot issues all of last season for Detroit. If he’s healthy, he will provide a nice complement to
Geno Atkins and D.J. Reader.
Cincinnati has made some additions to their defense this offseason, though one of their players — Trae Wayans — is dealing with a pectoral injury.
Two days after his surprising release from the Green Bay Packers, Mike Daniels has signed on with one of their division rivals.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Daniels will sign with the Detroit Lions after receiving interest from nearly a dozen teams.
It’s a real coup for the Lions, who strengthen their defensive front even more while adding a player who has been a key part of a division rival for several seasons. With Daniels, Trey Flowers, and Damon Harrison on the defensive line, the Lions will be extremely tough to run against in 2019.
The decision also comes as a bit of a surprise. Daniels had been eager to sign with a contender, and the Lions are not considered a likely playoff team. Perhaps the defensive tackle saw something that others aren’t seeing — and perhaps the opportunity for a pair of revenge games against Green Bay played into his thinking, too.
Veteran defensive tackle Mike Daniels has expressed a desire to play for a contender after his surprising release from the Green Bay Packers, and the Cleveland Browns certainly qualify as one after their huge offseason.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Daniels is taking his first free agent visit on Thursday when he travels to Cleveland.
As Schefter noted, the Browns wanted to sign Gerald McCoy earlier in the offseason, but he wound up with the Carolina Panthers. It would stand to reason that they are still open to adding a player at the position, and Daniels has been one of the better interior defensive linemen in football for several seasons now.
Daniels, 30, had been with the Packers since they drafted him in the fourth round back in 2012. He came into the season looking for redemption after he landed on injured reserve with a foot injury last November. Daniels was due to make $7.6 million this season in the final year of his contract. There should be plenty of teams interested in him, but he may sign quickly if a contender like the Browns offers a good deal.
Veteran defensive tackle Mike Daniels received some very surprising news when he was released by the Green Bay Packers at the start of training camp on Wednesday, and he may take a while before deciding where he wants to play next.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Daniels, who made the Pro Bowl two seasons ago, would prefer to sign with a Super Bowl contender.
Daniels, 30, had been with the Packers since they drafted him in the fourth round back in 2012. He’s been one of the most reliable interior defensive linemen in football since, and he came into the season looking for redemption after he landed on injured reserve with a foot injury last November. Daniels was due to make $7.6 million this season in the final year of his contract.
There should be plenty of interest in Daniels, but he may be selective if he’s intent on playing for a contender.
Sorry to spoil the fun, but no, Mike Daniels did not pee in his pants during Sunday’s Green Bay Packers-Baltimore Ravens game.
Social media blew up on Sunday after a photo emerged of Daniels with a lot of moisture showing through his pants in his crotch area.
But Daniels is taking offense to the photo and was adamant after the game that he did not pee in his pants.
That’s a pretty firm defense from Daniels. Although, is he the kind of guy who would admit to peeing in his pants during a game? It’s not as if he would have been breaking new ground.
The injury news coming out of Green Bay seems to be mostly positive on Monday.
The Packers saw multiple players get hurt during their loss at Atlanta Sunday night. Star defensive lineman Mike Daniels was one of those players, as he hurt his hamstring in the game. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says an MRI revealed only a minor hamstring injury for Daniels.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb hurt his shoulder against Atlanta. The MRI reportedly came back positive for him too:
Daniels, Cobb, and Jordy Nelson, who suffered a quad injury in the game, are all key members of the Packers. Daniels was particularly effective in Week 1 as he dominated against Seattle. It’s big news for them that his injury appears to be minor.
Many players had standout performance in Week 1 of the NFL season. Things kicked off on Thursday night with the Kansas City Chiefs surprising many with a spectacular game against the Patriots, thanks largely to explosive performances from many players who find themselves on this list. A few teams that disappointed last season had great games on Sunday, and their top performers have made this list. So did quite a few youngsters making their NFL debut. Here’s a look at 15 standout performers from Week 1.
Antonio Brown, Steelers
After an offseason of rumors and drama, Brown opened the season by reminding us that he is simply one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers. On a day when Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant offered very little, Brown simply took over. He didn’t catch any touchdowns, but he didn’t need to. He had 11 receptions for 182 yards (on 11 targets), including a crucial late grab over Jason McCourty that gave the Steelers a much-needed first down to enable them to run out the clock on the Cleveland Browns. There is a reason that he may well be the NFL’s premier wide receiver.
Calais Campbell, Jaguars
There are lots of fun ways to look at Campbell’s performance. There is the obvious one — his 3.5 sacks had shattered the Jaguars’ franchise single-game record by halftime, and he added another half a sack in the second half to make it an even four. Another way? Campbell’s career high in sacks is nine, set in 2013 with the Arizona Cardinals, meaning that after just one week of action with Jacksonville, he is over a third of the way to matching his career high — and halfway to matching the eight he collected last season. That’s dominance. The Jaguars owned Houston up front all game, but Campbell was definitely the star of a unit that now refers to itself as “Sacksonville.”
Derek Carr, Raiders
Steady as it goes, Carr was his usual reliable self as the Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans. While there was nothing mindblowing about his showing, his numbers were quite gaudy: 22-32, 262 yards, two touchdowns, and a 114.3 QBR. This was his first meaningful action since breaking his leg at the tail end of last season. He didn’t look like he’d missed a beat, putting in a strong, confident performance that will have the Raiders thinking he’ll be every bit as good as he was in 2016, when he was a legitimate MVP candidate.
As usual, the red carpet at the ESPYs gave us a number of funny moments. At one point, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jay Williams — an unlikely pairing, but that’s what the ESPYs are all about — interviewed Green Bay defensive tackle Mike Daniels.
Williams asked Daniels for a story about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and what he’s like in his free time.
“Aaron likes to play pranks all the time,” Daniels said. “You know how you haze rookies? Aaron hazes vets … Aaron hazes guys like Jordy (Nelson) and Ha-Ha (Clinton-Dix) and Randall (Cobb). He’ll haze anyone. It’s beautiful.”
Daniels went on to describe one prank Rodgers played on longtime Green Bay fullback John Kuhn, who played for the Packers for eight years (he now plays for New Orleans).
“I remember one camp they took a trash can, filled it up with a bunch of water and leaned it up against John Kuhn’s door. It’s like 2 a.m., during camp,” Daniels said. “One of the O-linemen just punched the door as hard as he could three times. Kuhn opened up the door and just flooded his whole dorm. Aw man, he was upset.”
Daniels couldn’t remember how Kuhn got payback, but he said he definitely got it.
“John’s not going to let something like that slide,” Daniels said.
You can watch the full interview here.