The Green Bay Packers announced on Wednesday that they had released defensive lineman Mike Daniels after failing to find a trade partner.
From @NFLTotalAccess: Sounds like there’s already solid interest in former #Packers DL Mike Daniels, despite Green Bay being unable to complete a trade with teams that included the #Patriots, #Chiefs and #Browns. pic.twitter.com/fG0f1vE8di— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2019
The 2017 Pro Bowler has compiled 29.0 sacks over his seven-year career and pressured the quarterback a total of 271 times. In his Pro Bowl year, he racked up five sacks, 14 quarterback hits and a forced fumble. Daniels started nine games for the Packers last season before injuring his foot against Seattle on November 15 and spending the remainder of the year on the injured reserve.
Daniels was due $8.1 million in 2019 in base salary and roster bonuses.
While it may seem odd to pursue a defensive lineman before they have agreed to terms with Chris Jones, Daniels could be a great addition for the Chiefs. He would add talent to an already promising defensive line, and it makes sense for a team trying to cash in on their Super Bowl window to sign short-term deals for great players.
The Chiefs have around $25 million remaining in cap space to utilize in their pursuit of Daniels.