It's safe to say that Mike Daniels hasn't let the money go to his head.
Last season, the running refrain was that Daniels was making big bucks with every big play he made for the Green Bay Packers. He cashed in last December, foregoing free agency to sign a four-year, $41 million extension with a $12 million signing bonus.
This season, Daniels has picked up right where he left off, terrorizing opposing offensive linemen and blowing up double-teams to provide pressure and penetration up the middle. Last Sunday's game against Seattle was one of his best, even though the score sheet might not reveal that; it is the latest in a long line of dominating performances that won't be seen on the highlight reel, but that seems to fit Daniels just fine.
Meanwhile, the Packers have finally found their featured tailback, though it took them a few months to do so following the injury to Eddie Lacy. Following Lacy's free agency journey will be fascinating this spring, and there is reason to believe that the Packers might be interested in bringing him back for another go in 2017.
Eddie Lacy's lost season could help foster return to Green Bay Packers - ESPN
With Lacy in limbo due to his injury, he likely neither priced himself out of the market for the Packers nor did he completely disappoint and make them not want him back.
Green and Bold: No. 1 RB Was There All Along | Cheesehead TV
Ty Montgomery is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. If that isn't a sign that he deserves to be the Packers' primary running back, I don't know what is.
What You Might've Missed: Defensive reactions and Daniels' dominance | Packers.com
I joked earlier this week that Mike Daniels' excellent game was an afterthought - after all, most of his best plays did not show up in the box score - but these clips truly demonstrate how dominant a player he has become. He probably won't get All Pro honors because of his lack of gaudy numbers, but he's the definition of a team player, as he sets up his teammates to make the tackles.
Best player at every position in Week 14 | PFF
Daniels also was recognized as one of the two best interior defenders for this week, joining Aaron Rodgers on the PFF All-Week 14 team.
Adrian Peterson plans to play vs. Packers in Week 16 - NFL.com
At first, I was annoyed to see this, but then I remembered how well the Packers' run defense bottled up Peterson as well as how bad the Vikings' offensive line has been this season. It probably won't make much of a difference a week from Saturday.
Richard Sherman says Thursday night games are an ‘absolute poopfest’ - SBNation.com
I could joke about Sherman and the Seahawks' defensive performance on Sunday, but I think we've pretty thoroughly broken down that poopfest.