Report: Preston Smith joining Packers

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The Packers kept the same defensive coordinator from the 2019 season, but they are making big changes to their personnel on that side of the ball.

Tuesday has brought word of agreements with safety Adrian Amos and linebacker Za'Darius Smith. Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that linebacker Preston Smith can be added to a list that would have been unthinkable in Green Bay a few years ago.

Smith was No. 13 on PFT’s list of the top 100 free agents and joins the other Smith in an obvious bid to boost the play off the edges of their defense. The dual additions would also seem to signal that linebacker Clay Matthews will be moving on as a free agent.

Washington selected Smith in the second round of the 2015 draft and started 50 of the 64 games he played over his first four years. He had 168 tackles, 24.5 sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles over that span.

60 responses to “Report: Preston Smith joining Packers

  1. Wow, Pack getting serious. I like the 3 guys they went and got, it will just be interesting to see how each melds into GB’s system.

  2. As a Redskins fan, this one makes me sad.I really liked him and thought his best years were ahead of him.

  3. Not giving up draft picks to improve the talent level.

    Gute understands roster management for now and future….

    Now, more pass rush at 12 in round 1 and then TE, OL,DL after…

  4. I don’t think Skins fans will miss him too much, especially for the likely price. He had big bursts but disappeared for loooong stretches in between. It felt like all of his sacks each season were lumped into three games against backup tackles.

    No. 13 is way higher than I would have ranked him but he is a 26-year-old edge rusher with the prototype build, solid numbers, and he fits 3-4 or 4-3, so there was bound to be a big market.

  5. Smith is a ton of raw talent but never really put it together in DC. He will have one or two monster games a year and then just disappear for the rest of the season. Best of luck in GB, but don’t expect Vonn Miller

  6. filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Holy crap!

    Do we even need a draft?
    ………
    That’s a fair question. With their recent lack of success drafting quality players, free agency appears to be the right course of action.

  7. Good moves by the Packers. Nice to see a GM who isn’t afraid of free agency the way Ted Thompson was.

  8. Hope the Vikings, Bears and Lions are content in the back-seat to the Packers… the NFC North is now back to normal.

  9. Not much of a loss for the Skins. Preston was maddeningly inconsistent for the Redskins — decent at times but MIA for long stretches. That inconsistency precisely followed the patterned he displayed at Mississippi State. Preston is not likely to change his ways after singing a big contract. The Pack missed on this signing.

  10. ariani1985 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:40 am
    Ted Thompson is grasping at straws with theses moves.
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    Too bad your team grasps for a Super Bowl and they can’t even sniff one.

  11. And with that signing, the Green Bay Packers are done with the 2019 Free Agency period.
    At least on paper, it looks like a job well done, the proof will come in September and beyond when it comes down to execution.

    Now, it’s time to gear up for and focus on April’s draft.
    With 10 picks, including 6 in the first four rounds, we’ll see if Gutekunst can continue this roll.
    A top TE, another Safety, a RB and rebuilding the right side of the O-line being priorities.

  12. hailtothenamechange says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:43 am
    I don’t think Skins fans will miss him too much, especially for the likely price. He had big bursts but disappeared for loooong stretches in between. It felt like all of his sacks each season were lumped into three games against backup tackles.

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    This works well for the Packers because they play the Vikings 2 times each year, and the Vikings always trot out backup tackles as their “starters”.

  13. Wow! What a nice change of thought for a Packer GM. Filling holes on a roster that was depleted over the past few years was a major point for this free agency period. Consider it done. Right or wrong, good to see some positive from the new GM from the Packers.

  14. Nice to see Gutekunst using free agency to improve obvious areas of need. I wouldnt start crowing about championships – the roster was so neglectfully depleted the past few years, it will take a phenomenal offseason of free agency, the draft and attrition to get them back to fielding a competitive roster. They need to give Rodgers enough talent around him to compete. Now get back to work and find me a solid guard and a slot receiver before the draft.

  15. ariani1985 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:40 am
    Ted Thompson is grasping at straws with theses moves.
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    “Grasping at straws” is the name of my Vikings cover band.

  16. electricboogalo says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:27 am
    ariani1985 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:40 am
    Ted Thompson is grasping at straws with theses moves.
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    “Grasping at straws” is the name of my Vikings cover band.
    ____________

    And you, Sir, have just won the Internet for today!
    Bravo!!!

  17. To be quite honest this is not a loss for the skins. Guy was overrated. He played all 16 games last year and 4 sacks! Hes playing across a pro bowler in Kerrigan that averages 13 sacks a year and he can only get 4? Not to mention the skins dline which is pretty good. Allen 8 sacks, Ionidis 7.5 sacks, Payne 5 sacks.

    Playing with guys like that should be putting up better stats

  18. Packers sign a bunch of 2nd tier FAs and cheese eaters are rejoicing because they believe the Packer’s roster is no longer garbage. Which is funny because it means they did believe the Packers roster was garbage before these so called improvements.

  19. Great teams build through the draft. A change of names on the roster during free agency season doesn’t always mean a roster upgrade. This proves how poorly the Packers drafted three and four years ago….

  20. Ted Thompson is grasping at straws with theses moves.

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    TT isn’t even the GM anymore you clown! Keep trolling Vikings fan!!

  21. h0metownzero says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Bud Grant must be rolling over in his grave today.
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    Why? Last time I checked Bud Grant is still alive. (91 years old)
    Man are you clueless.

  22. Steve C says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:34 am
    As a Redskins fan, this one makes me sad.I really liked him and thought his best years were ahead of him.
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    buckstalion12965 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:33 am
    As a Skins fan I saw him every game. He’s just MEH. He was never much of an impact player…sacks and pressures came when it didn’t really matter.
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    Let’s not kick our friends from GB in the shins. Or give them unrealistic hope. He’s not “meh”, but he’ll never be elite. Smith is a talented but spotty player, end of story.

    As a skins fan, I’ll miss the talent this year, but I’ll look forward to someone with more fire in their belly in the future.

  23. Pack needed defensive help and got it with these 3 signings. Pretty good haul for a team that traditionally stays away from free agent frenzy.

  24. Well, give Gute credit for trying as it’s time they did something to fix the defense outside of drafting a bunch of rookies and throwing them to the wolves.

    If they had a traditional owner, they would’ve fired Thompson, Capers and McCarthy years ago and could’ve been back in contention this year. It’ll still take a draft or two but it looks like they’ve finally figured it out. But, just remember, as you’ve told us the championships are never won in the spring.

    Either way, it looks like your defense won’t be a complete laughing stock anymore. Now you just need to find a real QB.

  25. The Packers got better today!

    Brian Gutekunst recently:

    “Free agency is one tool. The way we build our team will always be through the draft, but I think there’s going to be some opportunities to help our football team in free agency. We’ll be ready to go if it makes sense for the team”

    And now 3 picks in the top 44 picks and 10 picks overall still left to work with in the draft. Thank god we have the best in the business running the show!

    LaFleur on Gute:

    “One reason I felt so good about getting this job in particular is because of getting to work with a guy like him.”

    #GoPackGo!👏🏈

  26. Man, the Vikings trolls are as thick as the lake flies coming off Lake Winnebago in May today. Clearly the Packers making upgrades today, while their team is jettisoning key players has then quivering in their Heidi wigs. Can’t wait for the draft and then the 2019 season to start.

  27. You can tell just how nervous the Viking trolls are getting. Multiple posts in each packer story. I guess there’s not much to celebrate over there. Murray took an average deal just to get out of town, but at least you resigned your hero Barr.

  28. packsupersoldier says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:43 am
    Kirk Cousins is feeling even more nervous than usual…
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    About the bears D maybe. He shredded the packers and outperformed their injury prone qb in both matchups last year.

  29. RMoss84HOF says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    packsupersoldier says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:43 am
    Kirk Cousins is feeling even more nervous than usual…
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    About the bears D maybe. He shredded the packers and outperformed their injury prone qb in both matchups last year.
    __________

    Actually, in the first matchup against the Packers, Cousins tossed the game sealing pick to a rookie when the pressure was too much for him.
    Only a ridiculous RTP call that everyone and their mothers (with the exception of clueless Barney fans) saw as clear as day.

  30. The Packers 2 new edge rushers had more QB pressures last year than all of the Packers defense combined

  31. Aaron Rodgers now averages 33.5 million per year
    (79.2 million guaranteed).
    That’s a lot of cap space being taken. You better hope your scrambling quarterback is worth it.

  32. revelation123 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 6:34 pm
    The Packers 2 new edge rushers had more QB pressures last year than all of the Packers defense combined
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    You say that like it’s a bad thing!

  33. The Packers were 8th in the league in sacks last season. Pettine’s pressure packages got consistent pressure. Pressure from the edge needs improvement, hence bringing in the Smith’s and another probable edge taken at some point in the draft.

    #GoPackGo!✊

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