It feels like an appropriate time to recap the Packers Offseason to this point.
Free agency officially started on Wednesday but a flurry of transactions and agreed upon deals has been going on for weeks. Most of us live busy lives and between school, work, family, friends and other life things, sometimes we forget to refresh Twitter every 10 minutes and read up on the latest NFL news.
No worries! We got you covered! Here’s what the Packers have been up to in the last couple of weeks.
Packers Players Signed/Retained
RB Aaron Jones:
Ok. I think you know about this one. The Packers retained Jones on the Sunday before free agency, as he was set to hit the open market. The signing of Jones came as a slight surprise, since the Packers had offered him a contract a couple of months prior, which was rejected.
The deal for Jones is 4 years, $48 Million. However, it’s actually more of a 2 year deal, as Rob Demovsky of ESPN outlines here:
He Gone! Players who have signed elsewhere
Center Corey Linsley:
Linsley, a 2020 first team all-pro, is no longer a Packer. Linsley signed a 5 year, $62.5 million dollar contract with the Chargers. The Packers mainstay since 2014 is now the highest paid center in the NFL and deservingly so. He joins former Packers OT Bryan Bulaga as the Chargers continue to solidify their line and protect Franchise Asset, QB Justin Herbert.
RB Jamaal Williams:
When the Packers re-signed Aaron Jones, it was a no-brainer that Williams would no longer be a Packer. Thankfully for Williams, he signed a well earned 2 year, $7.5 million dollar contract with the division rival Detroit Lions. Williams was a very solid and dependable contributor in his 4 seasons with Green Bay.
QB Tim Boyle:
Speaking of the Lions, they snagged another Packer in QB Tim Boyle. The Packers backup QB since 2018 agreed to a 1 year, $2.5 million contract on Wednesday. Boyle, an undrafted free agent from Eastern Kentucky, earned a spot on the Packers roster in 2018 and turned that opportunity into a very handsome payday. Jordan Love is officially the Packers 2nd string QB.
DT Montravius Adams:
The Packers 3rd round pick from 2017 is a Packer no more. The big DT agreed to a 1 year deal with the Patriots. Adams was, for the most part, a disappointment in Green Bay. Injuries and a lack of production ultimately led to his departure.
LB Christian Kirksey:
Christian Kirksey’s time in Green Bay was short lived. The 28 year old played one season in Green Bay and is now headed to Houston to play with the Texans on a 1 year deal. Kirksey’s departure opens the door for Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin in 2021.
Re-Structured Packers Contracts:
LB Za’Darius Smith, LB Preston Smith, S Adrian Amos and OL Billy Turner have all had their contracts restructured heading into the 2021 season. What does that mean? To put it simply, it allows the Packers to have a healthier salary cap figure in 2021, which gives them the increased flexibility to potentially add/retain a few pieces for the upcoming season.
Free Agent Signings:
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