The Cincinnati Bengals are hosting free agent Mike Daniels for a visit today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. And if the visit goes well, it sounds like Cincinnati may have found the veteran defensive tackle it desperately needed.
Former Lions’ and Packers’ Pro Bowl DT Mike Daniels is visiting today with the Cincinnati Bengals, per source. If the visit goes as planned, the 31-year-old Daniels is expected to be a Bengal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2020
Daniels, who spent last season with the Detroit Lions, is entering his ninth NFL season after originally being a fourth-round pick out of Iowa in the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent his first seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, where he became one of the game’s best interior defensive lineman.
However, Daniels was a cap casualty in 2019, which led to him being signed by the Lions. He finished 2019 with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hits, and one sack in nine games (missed six due to foot injuries). He did register a 70.1 PFF grade, which would have been among the highest of any Bengals defender in 2019.
Daniels has suffered multiple foot injuries over the last two seasons that cost him a combined 13 games. He may not have enough left in the tank to be a full-time starter, but he could be a really nice backup with Geno Atkins and D.J. Reader getting most of the snaps at defensive tackle.
The Bengals are in the market for another interior lineman after Josh Tupou opted out of the upcoming season, while Ryan Glasgow was waived with a failed physical designation following multiple season-ending knee injuries.