Report: Packers bringing in Za’Darius Smith

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Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst has promised to be more aggressive in free agency.

He’s putting it into practice.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Packers are bringing in Ravens pass-rusher Za'Darius Smith, who they tried to trade for a few years ago.

Smith had 8.5 sacks last year, and gives the Packers some cover if Clay Matthews leaves in free agency.

Smith’s departure also continues a Baltimore exodus, as C.J. Mosley (Jets), Terrell Suggs (Cardinals), and Eric Weddle (Rams) are gone from last year.

43 responses to “Report: Packers bringing in Za’Darius Smith

  1. jman967 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:03 am
    Everyone is running from Baltimore. I guess they have as much faith in Jackson as the rest of the NFL does.

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    I don’t see any of these guys not signing a franchise tag or going to social media for a trade.

  2. ariani1985 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:14 am
    Did somebody wake up Teddy Thompson?
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    Newsflash … he has a ring. Your team does not. Next …

  3. Packers have coveted him for a while. Tried to work out a trade for him in the past.

    27 yrs old and relentless pass rusher. Will fit nicely in Pettines D. Sounds like the deal is team friendly as well.

    Adrian Amos signing as we speak as well. Safety from the Bears. Very good cover safety. Can play FS or SS. Good to also weaken a rivals defense while improving your own D.

    I like it.

    #GoPackGo!👏👍

  4. Between the Steelers and Ravens free agency moves, it looks a lot like the Browns will have a fair shot at the division this year. Bummer that my Bengals will continue to suck.

  5. ariani1985 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:14 am
    Did somebody wake up Teddy Thompson?

    Do you literally sit and wait to troll all Packers posts? Why don’t you go count the SB trophies on display for your team? Oh, wait . . .

  6. “I don’t see any of these guys not signing a franchise tag or going to social media for a trade.”

    Yup, 2 players plus Jesse James.
    Flacco gone, Suggs gone, Weddle gone, Mosley gone, Za’darius gone.
    At least Brown and Bell were quite clear why they were leaving Pittsburgh. It was all about being the highest paid player at their positions.

  7. Now go get Shaquil Barrett from the Broncos and the edge position will be solidified for a while.

  8. jman967 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:03 am
    Everyone is running from Baltimore. I guess they have as much faith in Jackson as the rest of the NFL does.
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    The best receiver in the league ran away from your team literally because of your QB. You lost the 2 best players on an already below average team. Say hello to #1 overall pick 2020

  9. jman967 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:03 am
    Everyone is running from Baltimore. I guess they have as much faith in Jackson as the rest of the NFL does.
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    It’s all defense that is being overpaid by desperate teams. Jackson doesn’t play defense genius. Meanwhile the top 3 offensive players in Pitt ran as fast as possible away from Big Bathroom Banger Ben

  10. jman967 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:32 am

    “At least Brown and Bell were quite clear why they were leaving Pittsburgh.”

    That’s the ultimate homer take of all time. Yes, it’s such a positive that Antonio Brown and Leveon Bell were so clear!

  11. “That’s the ultimate homer take of all time. Yes, it’s such a positive that Antonio Brown and Leveon Bell were so clear!”

    Yup they wanted paid. I’m not sure what you are missing. Both were VERY clear about that. We already have Connor in the mix that improved the running game last year. But you got your RB/QB, so there’s that….

  12. “The best receiver in the league ran away from your team literally because of your QB. You lost the 2 best players on an already below average team. Say hello to #1 overall pick 2020”

    Actually he left to get paid. Both AB and Rosenhaus said such after the deal went down. The rest of it was just AB trying to burn all his bridges to get what he wanted. A new deal.

  13. Just think of where the Packers would be today if they had fired conservative TT and hired Gute two or three years ago when the skid began. it took some time but they got it right and the Pack is back.

  14. “Meanwhile the top 3 offensive players in Pitt ran as fast as possible away from Big Bathroom Banger Ben”

    Top 3 offensive players?
    Juju led the team as a WR last year and Connor led the team as a RB. Ben is still here, Foster was resigned much cheaper than anticipated. Bell has already been gone a year and the Steelers got better production for the cheap. AB’s lose will be big, but the team no longer has his drama, Bells drama or Bryants drama.
    So what about those 3 offensive players again, please don’t tell me you think Jesse James was one of the top 3 offensive players? He was the #2 TE. Shows how much you know about Football. Lolz

  15. Just think of where the Packers would be today if they had fired conservative TT and hired Gute two or three years ago when the skid began.
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    Think of where Thompson would be if he had hired a decent head coach..

  16. Great, now let’s bring in Justin Houston another nice pick up is Amos from Chicago. Sets up the draft very nice at 12 how bout going after the monster in the middle, Ed Oliver and you’ve just revamped the defense.

  17. Listen – I love Gutey is bringing in free agents but let’s take it easy here. The kid has 18.5 sacks in 4 years starting opposite Suggs on a great D. I mean Kyler freaking Fackrell had more sacks than him last year…

  18. I’m not trying to be mean here although from most of my posts you all will think otherwise but I’m curious, you have a baby and you come up with Za’Darius. I want to know, I want to be informed and educated, where does that come from?

  19. Newsflash for all you saying people are running from the Ravens: CJ Mosley was paid $17 million per year, Ravens offered him $14 Million per, Ravens declined to up the ante because he is a solid run stuffer and below average cover guy.

    Za. Smith is so overrated its a joke. Had three sacks against Tenn, in a game where the Ravens had 12 as a team. He had 3 sacks over the final 8 games. He is a decent player but a guy the Ravens let go.

    Edgarton Hartwell
    Gary Baxter
    Bart Scott
    Donell Ellerbe
    Paul Kruger
    Art Jones
    Parnell McPhee

    All good Ravens who we let go because they got huge dollar contracts. With the exception of Scott, the others accomplished nothing.

  20. tritz32 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:12 am
    Listen – I love Gutey is bringing in free agents but let’s take it easy here. The kid has 18.5 sacks in 4 years starting opposite Suggs on a great D. I mean Kyler freaking Fackrell had more sacks than him last year.
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    a lot of Fackrell’s sacks came in Garbage time…3 of em against the Bills when GB is shutting em out

  21. Steelers: Good offense – no defense
    Ravens: Bad offense – no more defense
    Bengals: All round bad team
    Browns: Will be no 1 team in the division for years to come !!

  22. jman967 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:55 am
    “Meanwhile the top 3 offensive players in Pitt ran as fast as possible away from Big Bathroom Banger Ben”
    QUOTE:
    “Top 3 offensive players?
    Juju led the team as a WR last year and Connor led the team as a RB. Ben is still here, Foster was resigned much cheaper than anticipated. Bell has already been gone a year and the Steelers got better production for the cheap. AB’s lose will be big, but the team no longer has his drama, Bells drama or Bryants drama.
    So what about those 3 offensive players again, please don’t tell me you think Jesse James was one of the top 3 offensive players? He was the #2 TE. Shows how much you know about Football. Lolz”

    How many catches did JuJu have in that last game when AB quit on your team (no one ever quits on a Harbaugh led team!)??? Thats right…JuJu led the team in catches because JB drew the double coverage…we’ll see about that this year! 🙂

  23. LOL at the knee-jerk reactions.
    The Ravens are making a statement that they are going younger on defense. Keep hating but I have absolute faith that this team is going in the right direction.

  24. “Thats right…JuJu led the team in catches because JB drew the double coverage…we’ll see about that this year! 🙂”

    Juju didn’t lead the team in catches because “JB” drew double coverage. Juju had more catches on less targets than AB. He was more productive with less. AB still got thrown the ball more often. Juju will have to operate as a #1 WR and prove it, but there is no reason to doubt him at this point.

  25. Z didn’t really start ballin till this past season because of focus being put on Suggs, Judon and Pierce. We shall see how he fares in the big cheese, I dont think he’ll be as successful, but I wish him the best…

  26. Hes a good edge rusher but hes the last in a long line of rushers we didnt want to overpay. See Kruger, Art Jones, McPhee, Jernigan…they were all good, most were late bloomers and broke out in last year of deal and commanded big bucks.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is be careful w the contract. Its like the Steelers and WRs…just because they’re great there doesn’t mean they will be elsewhere

    But go ahead Z and…how do the kids say it…secure that bag

  27. djstat says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:20 am
    Newsflash for all you saying people are running from the Ravens: CJ Mosley was paid $17 million per year, Ravens offered him $14 Million per, Ravens declined to up the ante because he is a solid run stuffer and below average cover guy.

    Za. Smith is so overrated its a joke. Had three sacks against Tenn, in a game where the Ravens had 12 as a team. He had 3 sacks over the final 8 games. He is a decent player but a guy the Ravens let go.

    Edgarton Hartwell
    Gary Baxter
    Bart Scott
    Donell Ellerbe
    Paul Kruger
    Art Jones
    Parnell McPhee

    All good Ravens who we let go because they got huge dollar contracts. With the exception of Scott, the others accomplished nothing.

    3 2 Rate This

    All true, good post! …but, you forgot Adailus Thomas!

  28. Nice moves, GB… you should be proud of Gutey. His rolling rebuild will work out for you before AR hangs them up. I hope that you all get Z. Another key piece to the teams ahead of my Browns will be gone. Go NFCN and AFCN. This is where good football is played the right way.

  29. ariani1985 says:

    March 12, 2019 at 9:14 am
    Did somebody wake up Teddy Thompson?
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    Does this clown really think that Thompson still works for the Packers? How does he even log onto his computer? (hint: his mom does it for him)

  30. Just think of where the Packers would be today if they had fired conservative TT and hired Gute two or three years ago when the skid began. it took some time but they got it right and the Pack is back.
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    Really? I did not realize the Packer’s have won anything yet in 2019 to be stating as a fact that the “Pack us back”. It’s funny what a few mid-tier free agents can do for a delusional fan base.

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