While releasing the former Pro Bowl defensive tackle might have come as a surprise, Daniels was due to make $8.5 million this season - $7.6 million base salary, $500,000 roster bonus and $400,000 workout bonus - in the final year of a four-year, $41 million contract extension signed on December 13, 2015, when he looked like a future star.
The team confirmed the deal.
Both seasons featured Aaron Rodgers injuries, first a broken collarbone in 2017 that sidelined him for nine games and then a left knee injury he played through all last season. He has started 19 of 47 games and compiled 84 tackles and 7.0 sacks in his career. He posted career highs in sacks, tackles and tackles for loss in 2018.
For the first time since 2005 and '06, the Packers missed consecutive postseasons in 2017 and '18.
Lowry and the Packers will kick off the 2019 season on September 5 as they travel to Chicago to face the Bears.