Packers Actually Participate In Free Agency
Just one day after criticizing the Green Bay Packers they went and made me eat my words.
They didn’t land any of the players that I thought they were going to, but they still made a pretty big splash.
The first player that the Packers came to an agreement with is Za’Darius Smith. Za’Darius comes to Green Bay after a tenure with the Baltimore Ravens. In four seasons, Za’Darius has 18.5 sacks. However, 8.5 of those came last season as he had a breakout season. Za’Darius was a big boost for a defense that was relatively nonexistent when it came to rushing the quarterback. The contract is reported to be a 4-year $66 million deal.
The second signing for the Packers came from a division rival. Adrian Amos will move north from Chicago to Green Bay. Amos has been ranked as a top-10 safety in the league, despite having only has three career interceptions, but two of them came last year. Amos will fill a huge void in the Packers secondary. They parted ways with HaHa Clinton-Dix last season, and that left an aging Tramon Williams and an inexperienced Kentrell Brice to play safety. Despite injuries and a lack of experience, the Packers secondary was improved from previous years, but Amos will be a huge boost. The deal is reported to be a 4-year $37 million contract.
Next, the Packers came to terms with Preston Smith. Smith brings another edge rusher for this defense that is looking to be more aggressive. Smith comes to the Packers from the Redskins. He has played four seasons and has 24.5 sacks in that span. If Smith can continue what he has done, he gives the Packers an addition that does not miss games. Smith has not missed any games in his four seasons. He is also coming off of a career high 53 tackles. This deal is reported to be 4-years $52 million.
The last signing that was announced gives the Packers some help on their oft depleted offensive line. They are bringing in Billy Turner, formerly from Denver, to fill the right guard position. Turner may be more of a shot than the others that were signed, but a risk that the Packers could handle taking. Turner has played five seasons in the NFL, but last year was the first time he appeared in all 16 games. Turner is reported to be getting a 4-year deal worth $28 million.
With those signings, the Packers have pretty much maximized their signings that they will be able to make. The Packers are still expected to make news, but most of that will be in not bringing players back. The most probable of those being Clay Mathews and Randall Cobb.
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