The Packers and Mike Daniels have reached agreement on a four-year, $42MM extension, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The deal will give Daniels $22MM in the first 15 months of the deal and a $12MM signing bonus, a source tells Schefter. Daniels is now the third-highest paid 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.
Daniels, who will earn an average annual value of $10.5MM under his new deal, was considered to be a potential franchise tag candidate for Green Bay this offseason. Green Bay management was said to have identified Daniels as the most important of its 14 upcoming free agents, but they reportedly weren’t willing to go to $10MM per year. Apparently, things have changed over the last couple of months as Daniels has continued to excel on the Packers’ defensive line.
“Why wouldn’t (Daniels) get $10 (million)?” an NFL personnel director told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel last month. “Most of those guys are bigger, but who’s more disruptive? I think Mike Daniels is a good player. I think he and Liuget are on a par. The way that market goes, you’re going to overpay. It he goes to free agency, do you (the Packers) want to run that risk?”
Daniels, 26, has started all 13 of the Packers’ games this season, racking up 41 tackles, 4.0 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Of course, he still has time to try and eclipse his stats from 2014. Last year, Daniels amassed 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks in a full 16 game season.
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