The NFL is a cold business, and although the outdoor temperatures at training camps would say otherwise, August is its coldest when it comes to roster cuts.
But at least Lions coach Dan Campbell recognizes it.
“There’s no way to sugarcoat that. I’m an a——, so that’s about the best way to put it,” Campbell said, per the Detroit Free Press.
Muhlbach was approaching his 18th season in the NFL having played 260 career games, all with the Lions, ranking second in franchise history. He earned the second of his two Pro Bowl nods in 2018, but the reality is that this likely didn’t come as a complete shock to Muhlbach.
Competing with a long snapper 12 years his junior in Scott Daly, Muhlbach had to have been at least pondering the end of his NFL career. And, of course, no position in football is more expendable from a salary cap standpoint than the long snapper, evidenced by the fact that Muhlbach has been signing one-year contracts for the minimum salary since 2013.
“There’s no way around (the business side of the NFL) really,” Campbell said. “Yeah, you can say there is, but ultimately that falls on me, it’s my fault.