Packers Make a Splash with a Flurry of Free Agent Moves

Brian Gutekunst

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 09: Brian Gutekunst Genral Manager of the Green Bay Packers speaks to the media during a press conference introducing Matt LaFleur as head coach at Lambeau Field on January 09, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

In a span of a few hours Tuesday morning, the Packers made four moves to shore up their defense and offensive line. According to reports from ESPN, Green Bay has agreed to terms with pass-rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and guard Billy Turner.

Per the NFL Network, the Packers are signing former Washington pass-rusher Preston Smith to a 4-year deal worth $52 million, with $16 million fully guaranteed. 

Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith will both be 26 years old and combined for 25 sacks the last two seasons. 

Former Bears safety Adrian Amos is expected to sign a 4-year, $37 million deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

After agreeing to terms with these three players, the Packers have reportedly told Nick Perry that he will be released. Perry only had 1.5 sacks last season during an injury-filled season. This comes three years after Green Bay signed Perry to a 5-year, $60 million deal.

With the Packers addressing their needs at the edge rusher and safety positions, general manager Brian Gutekunst also reportedly struck a deal with Denver guard Billy Turner. Per ESPN, Turner will get a four-year, $28 million deal with a max value of $29.5, including $11 million in year one.

All these deals can now be signed Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT when free agency officially opens. 

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