There is room for improvement when it comes to capitalizing on those sacks (24.5 in 64 games) as Smith has only forced four fumbles - only one the past three seasons combined.
So far this offseason, the club has added safety Adrian Amos (Chicago Bears) and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (Baltimore Ravens). Top free agents like Trey Flowers, Trent Brown, Landon Collins and Nick Foles all have new (reported) homes and are all expected to sign on with new teams Wednesday. Two big deals, two huge additions on D.
A breakdown of the Green Bay Packers' 2019 free-agent signings.
The Packers certainly aren't afraid to pay for upgrades. Za'Darius Smith had a career-high 8.5 sacks with the Ravens in 2018. The signings should improve a defense that ranked 18th in the National Football League in 2018 and add some more protection for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Smith, who had four sacks last season with the Washington Redskins, tweeted "Blessed beyond measures" with cheese emojis and the hashtag (hash) GoPackGo after agreeing to his deal.
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Smith joins the exodus of Baltimore defensive players. Perry had a five-year, $60 million contract.
Russ Ball and the Packers use signing bonuses as an easy way to guarantee money up front and spread out the cap hits over the life of the contract, helping both the player and team.
ESPN is reporting that Turner and the Packers agreed to a 4-year $28 million deal.