The Detroit Lions were able to add further depth to their defensive corps with the signing of former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels to a one-year contract.
What was the major selling point aside from staying within the division? Playing for head coach Matt Patricia.
“Coach Patricia, straight up,” he answered when asked why he chose the Lions. “He’s just a genius, he really is. He understands the game of football, he knows what it takes. To be able to play for a coach like that, it means everything.”
Mike Daniels asked why he picked Detroit. “Coach Patricia, straight up. He’s just a genius, he really is. He understands the game of football, he knows what it takes. To be able to play for a coach like that, it means everything.”
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) July 28, 2019
Daniels apparently also had offers from over a dozen NFL teams, at least four of which were willing to pay him more than the $9.1 million he signed for with Detroit.
The #Lions gave DL Mike Daniels a 1-year deal worth $9.1M with $7.8M guaranteed… and of the 13 teams who called, four other teams were willing to do that deal or better. But the former #Packers star wanted to play for coach Matt Patricia… and stay in the division.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2019