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.