Nick Perry, Packers Reportedly Agree on Long-Term Contract
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 11, 2017,
Mar 11, 2017, 0:21
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Packers have locked up Nick Perry to a new five-year deal, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted free agent this afternoon.
The deal is for five years at $60 million with an $18.5 million signing bonus, a source told ESPN's Rob Demovsky.
There was no way the Packers would pay Perry, who led the team in sacks last year with 11, more than the $13.2 million Matthews earns per year, but they came close to giving him the same amount of guaranteed money as Matthews ($20.5 million).
Perry, a former first-rounder, struggled for his first four seasons, totaling just 12.5 sacks.
Perry nearly shed the injury bug a year ago, missing 2 games with his broken hand, but still leading the Packers with 11 sacks, while being their best outside linebacker against the run. Lorenzo Mauldin has been a disapointment through two seasons and Jordan Jenkins is coming off a steady rookie season.
No official word from the Packers on the signing.
At the very least, the Packers can be sure that they will get quality run defense out of Perry. "Nick is a core member of our team and he will be an important part of our success moving forward".
Tyrod Taylor is staying in Buffalo, Brian Hoyer is headed to San Francisco and Tony Jefferson is poised to sign with the Ravens.
Safety was a key need for the Bills entering free-agency signing period on Wednesday, especially after the team released veteran starter Aaron Williams earlier in the day.
In the upcoming season, Green Bay will look to defend its NFC North championship and win its sixth division title in seven years.
Tretter was expected to sign with Cleveland as the Browns revamp their offensive line.
Given Perry has never played a full 16-game schedule, it's fair to wonder if his 2016 was a one-year blip on the radar.
In four seasons, he has started 10 games and missed 33 because of injury. He also covers the covers the NFL Draft, along with the Jaguars, Buccaneers, and Giants. He later was placed on season-ending injured reserve.