The Green Bay Packers introduced their four free agent acquisitions on Thursday. Pass rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, as well as safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner signed new deals with the team this week.
The Packers doled out $182 million for the four, a figure that doesn’t include incentives and escalators.
Za’Darius Smith got $66 million in his deal, averaging $16.5 million a season. That is second on the Packers roster, only to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
With big money deals, come high expectations.
“All that really hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m going to do my best,” Za’Darius Smith said. “I’m going to do what I can do. Coaches know what I’m capable of doing, so I’m going to continue to work hard. Like I said, stay after practice, do the little things right. What I’m bringing to this team is leadership, accountability. I’m going to do the right thing and I’m going to continue to put up big numbers hopefully.”
Za’Darius Smith had 8 1/2 sacks in a contract year for the Baltimore Ravens last season. [Read more…]