The Green Bay Packers are reportedly making some big moves in free agency.
The Packers are looking to add impact players to their defense. In 2018, Green Bay was ranked 18th in total defense, according to ESPN. They gave up more than 350 yards a game, along with 25 points per game.
In their first move on Tuesday, the Packers are expected to sign linebacker Za’Darius Smith, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Smith's contract is a four-year deal worth $66 million with a $20 million signing bonus, according ot his agency SportsTrust Advisors.
Smith led the No. 1 ranked Ravens defense last season with 8.5 sacks. In his four seasons, all with the Ravens, Smith totaled 18.5 sacks, as well as three forced fumbles, according to ESPN.
Former Bears safety Adrian Amos is expected to sign with Green Bay. Rapoport says Amos is expected to sign a four-year deal worth $37 million and will get $21 million in the first two years of his contract.
Amos was chosen in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft by Chicago. He has played all four seasons with the Bears. Throughout his career, Amos averaged 68.5 tackles a season.
Green Bay is anticipated to sign former Redskins linebacker Preston Smith. The 26-year-old is expected to receive a four-year deal worth $52 million. He will get $16 million to sign and $27.5 million over the first two years of his contract, according to Rapoport.
In 2018, Smith had his best season statistically. According to ESPN, Smith had 52 tackles, four sacks and one interception.
After making three defensive moves, the Packers are looking to sign an offensive lineman. Former Bronco Billy Turner is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Packers worth $28 million with a maximum value of $29.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Shefter.
Packers are giving former Broncos' OL Billy Turner a four-year, $28 million deal with a max value of $29.5, including $11 million in year one, per source.
With the Packers adding defensive depth to their lineup, they are releasing outside linebacker Nick Perry, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Since joining the league in 2012, Perry has totaled 214 tackles, 32 sacks and one interception. His best season came in 2016 when he had 52 tackles and 11 sacks.
Not only is free agency a way the Packers are getting more players to their team, they will have ten picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The draft starts Thursday, April 25 and goes through April 27.