Packers release DT Mike Daniels

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GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 16: Mike Daniels #76 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against Pat Elflein #65 (L) and Brett Jones #61 of the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 29-29 after overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In a surprise move the Packers have released defensive tackle Mike Daniels just a day before the start of training camp

A fixture on the Packers defensive line, Daniels, racked up 29 sacks and 236 total tackles in seven seasons. Despite his numbers Daniels was only elected to the Pro Bowl once over that time.

Numbers don’t always tell the whole story when it comes to Daniels. The former fourth round pick used his draft position as motivation. Creating pressure up the middle on quarterbacks, and a vocal personality in the locker room will also be missed in Green Bay this season as the Packers move in a different direction.

The move also comes one day after Green Bay announced an extension with fourth year defensive lineman Dean Lowry. Former first round pick Kenny Clark is also entering his free agent season, and Green Bay will reportedly save more than $8.3 million dollars on the salary cap after releasing Daniels.

Daniels last signed a contract extension back in 2015, and was set to become a free agent after this season. He played 10 games last season before ending the year on Injured Reserve with a foot injury.

“We want to thank Mike for his tremendous contributions on the field, in the locker room and in the community over the last seven seasons,” said Packers GM Brian Gutekunst. “His incredible work ethic propelled him to be a standout player during his time in Green Bay. We wish Mike, his wife, Heaven, and their entire family all the best.”

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