Tony McDaniel
McDaniel with the Miami Dolphins
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-20) January 20, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Hartsville, South Carolina
Career information
College: Tennessee
Undrafted in 2006
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2006 2008)
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2017
Total tackles     275
Sacks     11.5
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     3

Anthony Dewayne McDaniel (born January 20, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Tennessee. McDaniel has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, and San Francisco 49ers.

College careerEdit

McDaniel played college football at the University of Tennessee but was dismissed from the team after assaulting a fellow Tennessee student during a pick up basketball game. He left college as a junior to enter the NFL Draft and was picked up by Jacksonville as an undrafted free-agent.

Professional careerEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

McDaniel played in 11 games as reserve defensive tackle for the Jaguars during the 2006 season. McDaniel finished the year with 21 tackles and one sack. He was inactive for the final five games of the season while battling a hip injury.

Miami DolphinsEdit

On March 19, 2009, McDaniel was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On March 28, 2013, McDaniel signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.[1] McDaniel and the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 over the Denver Broncos in February 2014, and would lose Super Bowl XLIX 28-24 to the New England Patriots the next season. On August 2, 2015, McDaniel was released for salary cap reasons after the Seahawks signed Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner to long-term extensions that offseason.[2]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On August 10, 2015, McDaniel signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[3]

Seattle Seahawks (second stint)Edit

On August 16, 2016, McDaniel signed with his former team.[4]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On June 16, 2017, McDaniel signed with the New Orleans Saints.[5] He was released on September 2, 2017.[6]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On October 17, 2017, McDaniel signed with the San Francisco 49ers.[7] On November 13, 2017, McDaniel was released by the 49ers.[8]

New Orleans Saints (second stint)Edit

On December 27, 2017, McDaniel re-signed with the Saints.[9] He was placed on injured reserve on January 10, 2018.[10] He was released by the Saints on February 6, 2018.[11]

Legal troublesEdit


In January 2005, McDaniel assaulted fellow University of Tennessee student, Edward Goodrich, during a pick-up basketball game for which Goodrich received four broken bones and needed a metal plate inserted into his face to repair injuries. McDaniel, originally charged with aggravated assault, a felony, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and agreed to pay restitution to Goodrich for an undisclosed amount. Goodrich had filed an $800,000 lawsuit against McDaniel in Knox County Circuit Court.[12]


On February 6, 2010, McDaniel was arrested on the charge of domestic battery against his girlfriend which allegedly occurred in the driveway of his Broward County Florida residence. He was released on bond the following day.[13] McDaniel was the first of two defensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, Phillip Merling being the second, to be arrested and charged with battery against a female during the 2010 offseason.[14]

The charges were later reduced to disorderly contact, a misdemeanor. He pleaded no contest, was sentenced to six months probation, and was required to attend counseling.[15] After pleading no contest, the NFL suspended McDaniel one game, without pay, for violating the league's personal conduct policy.[16][17]

"I think he's been very good, very strong up front for us. I think he's been a dominant player at times."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on McDaniel in August 2008[18]


  1. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel signs with Seahawks
  2. Orr, Conor (August 2, 2015). "Tony McDaniel released by Seattle Seahawks". Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  3. Wesseling, Chris. "Tony McDaniel, Buccaneers strike one-year deal". Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  4. "Seahawks Sign Defensive Tackle Tony McDaniel, Waive/Injured Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste".
  5. "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". June 16, 2017.
  6. "New Orleans Saints make 37 roster moves". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017.
  7. "49ers Announce a Pair of Roster Moves". October 17, 2017.
  8. "49ers Release McDaniel, Place OL Flynn on Injured Reserve". November 13, 2017. Archived from the original on November 14, 2017.
  9. Williams, Charean (December 26, 2017). "Saints sign Tony McDaniel".
  10. "Saints place DT Tony McDaniel on injured reserve". January 10, 2018.
  11. Alper, Josh (February 6, 2018). "Saints release Tony McDaniel".
  12. "Notes: Matua third USC player to opt for NFL". USA Today. January 15, 2006.
  13. Miami Dolphins player Tony McDaniel charged with domestic violence
  14. Sun Sentinel "Miami Dolphins' Phillip Merling accused of assault on pregnant woman"]
  15. Sun Sentinel "Defensive end Tony McDaniel hopes to fill Dolphins' void Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said he's "anxious" to see how Tony McDaniel performs as a starter"]
  16. Palm Beach Post "DE Tony McDaniel suspended one game for February incident" Script error]
  17. Sun Sentinel "NFL suspends Dolphins DL McDaniel for one game"]
  18. "KFFL - Tony McDaniel, DL". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2009.

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