Packers add three FAs to defence

Former Penn State safety Adrian Amos is signing with the Green Bay Packers

Former Penn State safety Adrian Amos is signing with the Green Bay Packers

The 26-year-old Smith, originally a fourth-round pick, led the Ravens, who ranked No. 1 in the National Football League in defense last season, with 8.5 sacks and 60 quarterback pressures despite starting only half of their games.

While the Colts have been expectedly quiet during the initial wave of free agency, Smith was one of the pass rushers Indy was thought to be high on given his fit, versatility and likely price in the market.

If the Green Bay Packers were looking to get better at disrupting the quarterback on third down, they found the right guy in edge rusher Za'Darius Smith.

Smith is one of four defenders the Ravens have already lost in free agency, along with linebackers C.J. Mosley (Jets) and Terrell Suggs (Cardinals) and safety Eric Weddle (Rams). Two big deals, two huge additions on D. Smith had a breakout season in 2018, racking up 8.5 sacks and 60 quarterback pressures.

A former rival comes to Green Bay.

Amos will get a 4-year $37 million contract, with $21 million in the first two seasons.

The Packers certainly aren't afraid to pay for upgrades. General manager Brian Gutekunst is making changes there, too, as the team released 28-year-old linebacker Nick Perry after 81 games in seven seasons. He signed with the Packers for $52.2 million over four years ($13 million/year). That team's second-round pick in 2015 has been a 16-game starter each of the past three seasons and over that span has totaled 16.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, four interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries. If Pettine can keep Smith producing disruption on the money down for the Packers defense, he'll be worth all that money.

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