Packers to pick up Washington edge rusher Preston Smith

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

Smith, 26, has started every game the last three seasons for Washington. He comes off a year in which he racked up a career-best 53 tackles to go along with four quarterback traps.

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.

Within hours of agreeing to a four-year, $66 million contract with former Ravens pass rusher Za'Darius Smith, the Packers added a second pass rusher: former Redskins second-round pick Preston Smith.

He immediately started all 16 games during his rookie season, finishing with 67 tackles and a sack.

Za'Darius Smith had a career-high 8.5 sacks with the Baltimore Ravens last season. Smith will be a huge addition to a pass rush that struggled mightily to create consistent pressure on the quarterback in 2018.

Schefter reports that the Packers are signing former Broncos OL Billy Turner to a four-year, $28 million deal.

Who did the Packers pay that kind of money to? Amos is an extremely physical safety, who is a massive upgrade from Kentrell Brice both in coverage and in the box.

This is a luxury signing, and one that is completely out of character for Green Bay.

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. Unless Rodgers suffers a major injury, this team isn't going to ever be picking at or near the top of the draft, but as we've seen, they can get stuck in draft purgatory as well.

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