Trading Mike Daniels Would Be Foolish for the Packers
There are times where sports columns are created out of thin air. We rush to judgement because all the puzzles pieces fit together. Case in point, the recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s piece on Mike Daniels. They lay out of why Daniels is the odd man out for the Green Bay Packers, and that it might result in the team trading him away this offseason before he goes to free agency. For a rebuilding team, this move seems like one they should do if they think they’re a year away from contending for a title yet that is not the Packers. They’re going to want Daniels on the front line. He is a great motivator and a football player. It seems reckless to trade the former sixth round pick right now.
Daniels might be on his last year of his deal, but that is not reason to trade him away. The value that you get from a team would not be very good considering they have to try to re-sign him the next offseason. This isn’t the NBA where a guy is on an expiring deal, and it makes sense to deal him before the contract runs out. Packers do have an influx of talent that does not resemble the former Iowa defensive lineman, but that’s not a reason to trade him away. I could argue that him looking very different from the other interior defensive linemen could be advantage for the team and the player. It gives offensive linemen a bit more to think about at the line.
Even though trading Daniels seems like a bad idea, the thought of him no longer being a Packers player next year does feel clear. Much like when the Packers drafted three wide receivers last year before Randall Cobb’s last year, it feels like we’re in similar territory with Daniels. They added Rashan Gary and Kingsley Keke to ramp up an already talented front line for the Packers, and that could be all she wrote for number 76. That said, there is no way he gets traded from the team.