The Bengals today have re-signed defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Per NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, it’s a one-year deal for Daniels.
The #Bengals are re-signing veteran DL Mike Daniels to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 31, 2021
Cincy Jungle’s own Zim Whodey teased us all with the news a full day earlier on Monday night.
DL signing tommorow y’all wanted trenches right?— ZIM (@zimwhodey) March 30, 2021
Daniels, a 10th-year player for this upcoming season, was originally a fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2012. He spent his first seven seasons with Green Bay—earning Pro Bowl honors in 2017—before joining the Detroit Lions for one season in 2019. He signed with the Bengals in the 2020 offseason. In 122 career games (85 starts), he has 167 solo tackles, 30 sacks, 50 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles.
In his first season with the Bengals last year, Daniels appeared in 11 games, all of them as a starter, and finished the season with the second-most snaps amongst Cincinnati’s defensive tackles. He took on a much larger role when D.J. Reader landed on Injured Reserve and Geno Atkins mainly limited throughout the season. Daniels’ box score production didn’t quite reflect the impact he had on holding the interior defensive line together.
Daniels joined the Bengals last August as an emergency signing in training camp. Now, he’s under contract just two weeks after the 2021 league year began. He figures to back up Larry Ogunjobi at 3-technique for Cincinnati’s remodeled defensive line.