Former Hawkeye Mike Daniels Signs New Lucrative Contract With Green Bay Packers

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- Former Iowa defensive lineman Mike Daniels has signed a new four-year contract extension worth $42 million with the Green Bay Packers.

The Hawkeye success story, who was lightly recruited as a two-star defensive lineman out of high school, also received a $12 million signing bonus from the Packers. The annual average of $10.5 million solidifies Daniels as the third-highest-paid 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.

"I told my agent in the summer that I didn't want anything to do with this, I wanted to focus on the season. I want to be in Green Bay, make sure I'm still in Green Bay, I want to win Super Bowls with this team," Daniels said.

He's enjoyed a stellar 2015 season for Green Bay, leading the team's defensive line with 41 tackles and four sacks this year. Over the past three seasons, including playoff games, he's posted 17.5 sacks.

Daniels was a 2012 fourth-round draft pick from Iowa.