SOURCE: Detroit Lions reach deal with DT Mike Daniels

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 28: Mike Daniels #76 of the Green Bay Packers sacks quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Lambeau Field. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A person with knowledge of the agreement told the Associated Press the Detroit Lions have reached a one-year deal with defensive lineman Mike Daniels.

Green Bay released Daniels after seven seasons on Wednesday, parting with one of its best players in a move that saves $8.31 million against the salary cap.

Daniels was due to make $8.5 million this season - $7.6 million in base salary, a $500,000 roster bonus and a $400,000 workout bonus - in the final year of a four-year, $41 million contract extension.

Daniels, a fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2012, made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after the 2017 season. He missed two games that year because of a hip injury, and he finished 2018 on injured reserve after a foot injury halted his season after 10 games.

The Lions have overhauled their defensive line after going 6-10 last season. Detroit added edge rusher Trey Flowers earlier in the offseason, and the Lions also return defensive tackle Damon Harrison, whom they acquired in a trade in the middle of last season.

Before being injured, Daniels had 18 tackles including two sacks last season.

Daniels started all 16 games for the Packers for three straight seasons from 2014-16, then made 14 starts in 2017. He had 29 total sacks for Green Bay in his seven seasons there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.