Packers extend defensive end Mike Daniels

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The Packers are making a concerted playoff push, and they’re working on the future as well.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Packers have signed defensive end Mike Daniels to a four-year, $42 million extension.

The deal reportedly pays him $22 million in the first 15 months, and makes him the third highest-paid 3-4 defensive end.

Daniels was set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and allows the Packers one fewer question to answer then, as they try to hang onto the NFC North title in the short term.

70 responses to “Packers extend defensive end Mike Daniels

  1. Neal is possibly the most under rated player in the league. This guy is amazing and is one of the best DE’s in the game right now. Great move by the Packers!

  2. Troy Aikman has said all year that they needed to do this. Remember this when he gets even better in the playoffs

  3. immafubared, as a Vikings fan, I can say Daniels will be worth that money. He is probably the 3rd best 3-4 end in the league behind Watt and Wilkerson (who’s probably gonna get a huge contract) he can take on double teams easily and gets off blocks so well. Great pass rusher, better run stuffer, Packer fans should be ecstatic.

  4. Every website that rates players rates him in the top 3 at his position. Anyone that thinks he isn’t worth it should examine how much they really know.

  5. I like the guy… but $10MM per season. Wow.
    Rodgers, Cobb, Nelson, Shields, Matthews, and Daniels all over $10MM/year. Peppers on the books for like $7.5 in 2016 as well.

  6. Just because you don’t hear the announcers call a players name doesn’t mean they didn’t play well. That is a pretty stupid thing to say.

    When the Packers let cullin Jenkins go after they won the super bowl their pass rush disappeared. I’m glad they didn’t make the same mistake twice.

    It is hard to find an agile, fast 3-4 defensive end. He is worth every penny.

  7. Great signing as he’s a perfect fit for the 3-4 defense. Ted Thomson is a master of the salary cap and although its a 42m extension,its structured as such that it will not prohibit them from resigning other important players. Well done….

  8. “floratiotime says:
    Dec 14, 2015 10:01 AM
    The Pack peaked at the wrong time. Sorry, but no Superbowl for you.”

    Peaked at the wrong time? to what are you referring? They are just starting to make their way up right now? unless you are referring to the 6-0 start they had.

  9. Pretty sure Mike Neal was headlined before…but it is really Mike Daniels. I thought they were crazy if they gave Neal that, but Daniels is certainly worth it.

  10. They are wise to not repeat the mistake of letting Cullen Jenkins go. Most important and most thankless position in a 3-4 base. This guy is an automatic double team.

  11. Good. At least one position will be under lock and key on the front 7. Both inside linebacker and defensive end are looking good with Matthews, Ryan, Daniels, Datone Jones, and some other promising youth. My worry is for defensive tackle and outside linebacker. Both Neal and Perry’s contracts are up after this season, Julius Peppers is closing in on the end and next year will be his last contracted year, and there have been no moves for Raji or Guiyon thus far. I trust in Ted’s decisions though so I believe he has a plan.

  12. Oh no, the Viking fans think this is a bad move. With their string of division titles and multiple championships they know a thing or two about it. We better listen.

  13. Aaron is jealous that another player got so much money. He thinks he left some on the table.

  14. What is not being considered here is the amount the total salary cap will increase in the off season. That money is not just added to the salary cap, it forces teams to spend more to reach the minimum salary floor that the NFL enforces.

    So teams like the Packers that consistently maintain a surplus under the cap are now forced to consider spending even more. A guy like Daniels who will command a heft price in free agency is exactly where to spend this money. The Packers drafted the kid in the 4th round, they got 3 or 4 years on the rookie contract so now is the time to lock him up.

  15. ariani1985 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 10:14 AM

    Inept decisions like this is why this team is the laughing stock come January.

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    Says the guy whose GM traded up (giving away multiple picks) to draft a KR in the 1st round. The GM who brought on a washed up Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace, gave an oft-injured Kyle Rudolph a nice contract based on potential, can’t draft a QB to save his life, etc….

  16. ariani1985 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 10:14 AM

    Inept decisions like this is why this team is the laughing stock come January.
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    Inept reasoning, by their fans, is exactly why the Vikings lead the league in Offseason Championships.
    And the main reason NFL fans laugh at them year round.

  17. 7 players account for 2/3 of Green Bay’s cap next week. The leaves 1/3 of the space to sign the other 55. Four of the seven will be in their 30’s when the season begins. Ha Ha, Lacy, Davante would probably like to get paid, too, but that will be yard to do.

    To compare, the Seahawks are able to play their top 9 players with 2/3 of their space, and assuming they cut beast mode that number would increase to 12. None of those players — not one — being 30 yet.

  18. Lets see mathews and rogers command 60% of the salary cap. Now Daniels. No problem, Ted will just trade his one and two picks for a bevy of 5 and 6 rounders whom the brilliant mike mac can put in that famous draft and development program. Thats the program that makes 5’9 185 lb defensive backs, 6.1 210 and takes those 4.6 speed receivers, make them taller and much faster.

    People wonder whats wrong with passing game. Slow receivers who are easily covered, tight ends who are bigger than moving vans and quite a bit slower too.

  19. Dec 14, 2015 12:39 PM
    7 players account for 2/3 of Green Bay’s cap next week. The leaves 1/3 of the space to sign the other 55. Four of the seven will be in their 30’s when the season begins. Ha Ha, Lacy, Davante would probably like to get paid, too, but that will be yard to do.

    To compare, the Seahawks are able to play their top 9 players with 2/3 of their space, and assuming they cut beast mode that number would increase to 12. None of those players — not one — being 30 yet.

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    Ted doesn’t do free agency and ted has no deep pocket owner, thus he refuses to do what 31 other gm’s do, back fill contracts. You get the bulk of the money down the road. That way if you suck or stumble they cut you and save the bucks. Ted pays up front and get nothing in return if they suck.

  20. Dec 14, 2015 11:27 AM
    Aaron is jealous that another player got so much money. He thinks he left some on the table.
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    the way he is playing, he’s already seen his biggest contract.

  21. Rodgers and Matthews don’t come even CLOSE to accounting for 60% of the salary cap. You clowns should really stop trying to pretend you understand ANYTHING NFL related. It’s embarrassing for you. And you might want to also look at your child beater who was already overpaid, holding the team hostage for even MORE money because he was disrespected.

    The salary cap is currently $143.2 million. Rodgers and Matthews cap hit combined this year is $30 million. 60% of 143 million is $85.8 million.

    Math is hard.

  22. People wonder whats wrong with passing game. Slow receivers who are easily covered, tight ends who are bigger than moving vans and quite a bit slower too.
    —–
    So let me get this straight. You are a fan of a team whose qb has 9 td’s and 8 int’s and you are making fun of OUR passing game? WOW.

  23. Wilson just signed his contract and the main cap hit doesn’t affect them until NEXT year. For this year he has a 700k base salary. Next year it is 12 million. But the Seahawks have already had to make some business decisions this year due to cap consequences. Consequences that only get worse for them next year.

  24. the way he is playing, he’s already seen his biggest contract.
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    Yup, I’m very disappointed with his 28 td’s vs 5 int’s. I hope they cut him and make a move on Bridgewater next year.

  25. When Daniels asked for 10$ mil anually earlier in the season I was astonished, and found him being greedy and reaching a bit, as that is how negotiations go….

    He has played great, and with a healthy Raji that defensive line has improved quite a bit since last season.

  26. teal379 says:

    Good price – considering he’d be the best QB on the Vikings.

    And the 5th best defensive end. But hey, if you’re not going to actually use any money to improve the team in free agency, you might as well overpay your mediocre players with it I suppose.

  27. “Ted doesn’t do free agency and ted has no deep pocket owner, thus he refuses to do what 31 other gm’s do, back fill contracts. You get the bulk of the money down the road. That way if you suck or stumble they cut you and save the bucks. Ted pays up front and get nothing in return if they suck.”
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    You have 7 players taking up 2/3 of the cap next year. 4 of those 7 will be in their 30s. You are paying old men lots and lots of money.

    Rodgers will be 33 next season. Most QBs begin to take a step down at this age. Maybe we are seeing that happen to Rodgers as we speak. #20 in yards per game. Out of the top 5 in passer rating for the first time in forever. His window is closing, this team will need to change. But yet, they are still paying “Rodgers to Nelson” in a big, big, big, big way, this year, next, and beyond.

  28. “Teddy Bustwater’s 29th Ranked Passer Rating- OUCH!!! says:
    Dec 14, 2015 12:55 PM

    The Vikings are paying Mike Wallace $11 million/year. And they traded for him. Let that sink in for awhile.”

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    True. But it is all base salary. They could cut him in January and he would count ZERO against future caps for the Vikes, something they will likely do now that Stefon Diggs appears to be a good rookie WR.

  29. leatherface2012 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:27 AM

    and what if he gets injured? total waste of money.
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    Are you really this simple?
    If we are to follow your reasoning, why would any team sign any player on the off chance he may get hurt or injured?

    I’m honestly trying to understand your point.
    But, it’s obvious that your intellect is operating on an entirely different plane.

  30. tritz32 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 12:12 PM
    Says the guy whose GM gave an oft-injured Kyle Rudolph a nice contract based on potential, can’t draft a QB to save his life, etc….
    ————————
    In fairness to Spielman, Rudolph had an awesome game… at the Pro Bowl.

  31. wafflestomp says:
    Dec 14, 2015 3:21 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:27 AM

    and what if he gets injured? total waste of money.
    *************************************************

    Are you really this simple?
    If we are to follow your reasoning, why would any team sign any player on the off chance he may get hurt or injured?

    I’m honestly trying to understand your point.
    But, it’s obvious that your intellect is operating on an entirely different plane.

    finally, yes that is my point exactly..you get several high paid great guys and they all get hurt, you have garbage left. best just to sign guys that you can pay the minimum

  32. Yes, he might get hurt. Part of the business. What if Aaron Rodgers blows out an ACL on Sunday? $20M against the cap space. It happens.

    As for Kyle Rudolph, since he was bizarrely brought up on a DE thread, his has the 9th highest contract for TEs with only 1/3 guaranteed. By no means rich.

  33. He’s their best D-lineman by far — he deserves to get paid. That may be a bit much, but there’s going to be some major salary inflation the next couple years.

  34. hazel, you can’t even understand the salary cap or that Wilson’s cap hit goes up HUGE next year due to the contract he just signed that has a first year base salary of 700k. You should let the knowledgeable people talk about football here instead of embarrassing yourself.

  35. what if Adrian Peterson blows an ACL? His cap hit is 15.5 million this year and a whopping $18 million in 2 years.

    Which is the same as Rodgers $18M cap hit as one of the best players playing THE most important position.

  36. leatherface2012 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:27 AM

    and what if he gets injured? total waste of money.
    **********************************************

    Or, lets try this, what if he beats one of his kids?
    And the beating was so bad that pictures of the child’s injuries were leaked to the internet and repulsed everyone that has a soul.

    The team, realizing that sponsors don’t want to be associated with a child abuser, decide to shelve him for a year.

    Total waste of money?

  37. Daniels is not JJ Watt by any means, but that doesn’t mean he’s not deserving. He is very strong and stout even though,he stands just over 6′ tall. I’ve seen him bull rush 330 pound guards straight into the running backs they were supposed to be blocking for. Same thing with Datone Jones. A healthy combination of those two is reason for excitement in GB. Especially if Jones can keep building and stay healthy. He’s had a great year so far

  38. Garbage, waste of money. I wouldn’t waste a dime on this clown. That’s why people in WI need to go back to school. Lol, but again, it’s the Packers who over paid players to choke.

  39. I remember Mike Daniels destroying Adrian Peterson who could only get 45 yards rushing against the Packers.

    The Vikings have been overpaid to not make the playoffs and continue to put themselves into position to never win a championship. SKOLOLOL

  40. One of the things I like about Daniels is you can just tell the money won’t change him. The guy has a high motor and has the type of personality to give 100% despite what’s in his checking account. This is the exact kind of guy every team wishes they had 53 of.

    For you Vikings fans saying this is a bad signing, I just wanted to point out that your ignorance is showing.

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