Mike Daniels wants $10 million per season.
That’s the number that Daniels’ side has asked for in contract negotiations, which have been ongoing this offseason, as the defensive lineman enters the final year of his rookie deal. The Green Bay Packers are not interested in paying Daniels that much at this point, however.
According to Bob McGinn, the Packers have been offering several million less per season and thus, negotiations have broken off.
So who’s getting the kind of money Daniels is asking for?
Cincinnati is paying Geno Atkins around $10.7 million annually, San Diego is paying Corey Liuget $10.25 million annually and Pittsburgh is paying Cameron Heyward about $9.7 million annually.
Atkins has 32 sacks over five seasons, Liuget has 18 over four and Heyward has 15 over four.
Daniels has 14 over three.
So you can see what’s going on here.
At the moment, the Packers are taking the stance that hey, it’s an honor to play for this organization. You should take less than market value to do so!
They’re probably also throwing the injury card on the table too.
Take our money now. If you get injured or have a bad season, our offer is going to go down. Just look at what happened to B.J. Raji!
Others have opined that Daniels’ height — he’s just over 6-0 — is an issue. That defensive linemen who aren’t of an ideal height, i.e. not tall, can’t get top dollar.
Frankly, we find that notion idiotic. Who cares how tall the guy is? His production since he’s been in the league speaks for itself.
Mike Daniels can play, regardless of height.
We’re not suggesting the Packers should overpay for Daniels and we appreciate how they’ve kept their salary cap flexibility, but it seems like they’re going to need to increase their offer to get this deal done.