After missing six games to injury in 2018, Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels will be aiming to bounce back this year.
But unfortunately for the Packers, this season could be Daniels’ last in Green Bay as he is a free agent next offseason.
Daniels played in 10 games, making two sacks, 18 tackles and five quarterback hits.
Daniels’ 2018 season was cut short due to injury. He missed six games. Injuries have been an issue for Daniels the past two years — he’s now missed a total of eight regular season games over the past two seasons. Before that, he had played in all 16 games four years in a row.
It’s no surprise that his numbers were down from the season prior as he only played in just over half of the Packers’ games.
Odds of making roster: 100 percent
Along with Kenny Clark, Daniels is one of the most important players in Mike Pettine’s defense, and they will both be key starters along the defensive line in 2019.
What to expect in 2019?
This is a huge season for Daniels as it’s the final year on his current contract. Daniels will turn 31 shortly after becoming a free agent next spring, so the importance of a good season is high.
Daniels has been unlucky with injuries over the past two years, but if he misses multiple games again this season, it could have an impact when it comes to either agreeing a new deal in Green Bay or signing with another team. If Daniels stays healthy all season, the Packers defensive line could be dominant. Daniels and Clark are two of the best at their positions, and they now have a strong pass rush to support them.
If Daniels puts together a great season, it’ll be difficult for Packers GM Brian Gutekunst not to offer him a new deal in the offseason.