Agent frenzy: DE Smith, S Amos, OL Turner to sign with Packers

Smith has played all 64 games in the past four seasons and with some of the talent around him in Green Bay, his best days could be ahead of him. But the Packers have made it clear they want to get younger at both pass rusher spots and have committed to moving on from Nick Perry (age 28) and Clay Matthews (32).

Via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Smith will sign a four-year contract with a base value of $52 million. Smith, 26, led the Baltimore Ravens with 8½ sacks last season - including three in one game against Tennessee - and has 18½ in his 58-game career.

"Amos is an excellent safety who's been great for Chicago over the past couple of seasons", The Ringer's Robert Mays writes.

They're out here making deals in the legal negotiating window, and big ones at that. The deal is extremely front-loaded, as Schefter noted that $11 million of it is going to Turner in the first year of the deal.

The Baltimore native went on to participate in 13 games in 2017, posting 67 stops, a pick, a pair of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown.

The Packers are expected to pay Smith like an elite rusher.

Needless to say, it's probably killing Thompson (who is now in a Senior Advisor role with the Packers) inside to see the team he was general manager of for so long hand out $183 million worth of contracts before free agency and the new league year officially open on Wednesday.

He recorded 73 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups last season for the Bears, who won the NFC Central. The newly anointed duo of Smith and Smith should give the Packers the two starting outside linebackers they need.

  • Stacy Allen