Former Hawkeye Mike Daniels to sign with Detroit Lions

Mike Daniels is staying in the NFC North.

Just two days after being released by the Green Bay Packers, Daniels is finalizing a deal to join the Detroit Lions, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday.

The veteran defensive lineman had visited the Cleveland Browns on Thursday but left the franchise without a deal. He found one in the Motor City.

Daniels was cut by Green Bay in a surprise move this week after spending more than seven years with club. The Packers had been working to trade Daniels to either the BrownsNew England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs, but couldn’t execute a deal. Daniels was slated to make more than $8 million in 2019.

In Detroit, Daniels will join a revamped defensive line that replaced Ezekiel Ansah with Trey Flowers on the edge and is returning All-Pro defensive tackle Damon HarrisonDa’Shawn Hand and A’Shawn Robinson. The defensive line has experienced minor flux this month as Flowers is on PUP with a minor shoulder injury, Harrison showed up to training camp amid a contract dispute and Robinson was excused for personal reasons.

The Lions opened training camp to veterans on Wednesday.

After playing alongside Aaron Rodgers for seven seasons, Daniels might get the chance to sack him in two games in 2019.

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