Mike Daniels Has a New Contract

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Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels

The Green Bay Packers took care of their biggest offseason priority in-season. They’ve inked defensive end Mike Daniels to a four-year contract extension.

The deal will give Daniels $42 million in new money and includes a $12 million signing bonus, according to Ian Rapoport.

Daniels signed the deal Monday morning.

This is huge for both the Packers and Daniels. It makes him one of the highest-paid players at his position. The Packers, meanwhile, were able to lock up their biggest potential free agent before the offseason for a change.

Although they’ve tried in recent seasons to do just that, they’ve ended up negotiating with players right up until the even of free agency before re-signing them.

With Daniels, there probably wasn’t much to negotiate.

He’s widely considered to be one of the most disruptive and best run-stopping defensive linemen in the league.

Daniels has 41 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble this season. His next tackle will establish a new career high.

Great move by the Packers.

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14 Comments on "Mike Daniels Has a New Contract"

  1. Jschizl

    This is when you sign people. During the season. Good for him well deserved. Can only see him getting better

    • Fritz fm WI

      the only financial system in the world where the amount invested by mgmt for future performance is based on past performance. this is the NFL, post-MN Free agency trials [all woman juries in both lawsuits].

      in fact, Wall St. investers are requiired to be warned before buying stock that “past performance is no guarantee of future earnings”

      time to go back to the system where a player’s performance is rewarded by a
      “Xmas bonus” kind of system, based on your value to the team, quantified by statistics, mgmt/owner’s rating of same, etc.

      • Moolla

        “the only financial system in the world where the amount invested by mgmt for future performance is based on past performance. ”

        What???
        Just about everything in the world is judged based on past performance. What are you on about?
        People use past performance as a gauge on future outlook for every industry. It’s one of the most reliable metrics one can have in making judgements as to what one can expect from employees, stocks, girlfriend, whatever

        • Fritz fm WI

          “just about everything in the world is judged based on past performance” you are unwittingly supporting my point:

          1 – your “maxim” above explains why just about every investor in the world “buys high and sells low”

          and also why the smart money get richer and the masses of investors get poorer [e.g. when there is blood in the streets is when the real investment gems are to be had, for a song – a “smart money” maxim; try one of these on for size, you’ll be the richer for it.]

          • Moolla

            I see your point and agree with it.

            What I’m trying to get at is that the fact that signing Mike D is based on future projection and not necessarily just based on his past performance.
            The packers are betting on Mike continuing with his good performances and given the substantial deal they’re even expecting even better performances on a more consistent basis.

            In terms of buying low and selling high

          • Moolla

            I see your point and agree with it.

            What I’m trying to get at is that the fact that signing Mike D is based on future projection and not necessarily just based on his past performance.
            The packers are betting on Mike continuing with his good performances and given the substantial deal they’re even expecting even better performances on a more consistent basis.

            In fact I’d argue that the packers are one of the better teams in the NFL at buying low and selling high. Well maybe not the selling high part as much as the other part of it but there’s a reason TT is seen as frugal to the point of being miserly.

  2. Pete D

    He is a disruptive force on the field and a vocal leader in the locker room. the packers need more guys like this- aggressive, mean, consistent- so glad we locked him up.

  3. Overpaid.

    He will be paid way more than most NFL Pro Bowl tackles. Raji certainly won’t sign with the Packers after this and the Packers probably can’t afford Perry or Neal, so look for the Packer defensive line to take a big step back next year.

    Raji, Neal and Perry aren’t world beaters but they contribute, something the 2-3 rookies the Pack will replace them with in the off season won’t be able to do.

    • Fritz fm WI

      good point deepsky, which reminds me to send a:

      MEMO to GB mgmt. after a couple years’ hiatus on drafting for linemen; if you can get an O lineman in the first round, take it [2nd round would be ok too in the rare event of a JP or JJWatt type D-man has somehow slipped thru the cracks in the first rd.].

      • Shawn Shawn

        Article in this weekend’s GBPG actually made the point that drafting OL high is pretty stupid. The Cowboys have 5 high picks on their line and they are 4-9. Yeah, their line is good, but it makes the point that having a good O-line doesn’t win you football games. The Patriots have 1 high pick on their line. The rest are 4-6 rounders.

  4. Phatgzus

    @deepsky

    Mike Daniels is a Pro-Bowl calibre player this year, he’s played himself into that contract (one I didn’t think he was worth before the season).

    As for Raji, his play in the muddles has been solid (much more so than
    his own middle, thankfully) but he hasn’t exactly played himself into a huge multiple year deal. Mike Pennel and Josh Boyd still exist. Guiyon could be re-signed to play nose, where he looked better the year prior.

    As for the OLBs, I agree with you there. Peppers is old and his play seems to be on the decline, our backups are talented Elliott and a question mark in Mulumba. Perry is talented but constantly hurt, that will likely preven him from signing a sizable deal. Neal is a bit less talented but a bit more durable.
    Wouldn’t be surprised to see TT target an OLB early in this draft.

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