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Packers release Daniels

July 24, 2019 - 3:42 pm

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers released Mike Daniels, Wednesday – one day before the team’s first training camp practice.

The 30-year-old was headed into his eighth NFL season and the final year of his contract. A 2017 Pro Bowler, he amassed 29 career sacks, 47 tackles for loss and 271 quarterback pressures in his Green Bay career.

“He’s meant a lot to this community, he’s meant a lot to this football team,” said first-year Head Coach Matt LaFleur. “I still think he’s a really good player, and I wish him well.”

Daniels' contract carried $2.4 million in "dead cap" money, so the team saves roughly $8.3 in cap space by releasing him. A significant portion of that savings is now headed Dean Lowry’s way – the fourth-year defensive lineman agreed to a contract extension July 23.

“We feel really good about the group that we have,” LaFleur said. “The versatility that Rashan (Gary) and Za’Darius (Smith) bring to us. We feel like we have a group in place that can get the job done.”

As of now, the Packers head into training camp with the following group of defensive lineman:

Montravius Adams, 6-4, 304 lbs, 3rd year

Fadol Brown, 6-4, 282 lbs, 2nd year

Kenny Clark, 6-3, 314 lbs, 4th year

Eric Cotton, 6-4, 272 lbs, 1st year (Practice Squad)

Kingsley Keke, 6-3, 288 lbs, ROOKIE

Tyler Lancaster, 6-3, 313 lbs, 3rd year

James Looney, 6-3, 287 lbs, 2nd year

Dean Lowry, 6-6, 296 lbs, 4th year

Deon Simon, 6-4, 332 lbs, 2nd year