Christian Kirksey agrees to deal with Packers

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Linebacker Christian Kirksey has found a new home ahead of the start of the new league year.

Kirksey has agreed to a deal with the Packers after visiting Green Bay last week. His agents informed PFT that it is a two-year, $16 million deal. He’ll play for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who was his first head coach in the NFL after being drafted by the Browns.

Kirksey also visited with the Bills and Raiders before landing the deal with the Packers. He was released by the Browns earlier in the offseason, which left him free to sign with a team at any point.

The move comes with Blake Martinez set to become a free agent in Green Bay and after a report that the Packers were set to make a run at Rams linebacker Cory Littleton. This may change those plans, which could bode well for the Raiders as they’re also reportedly interested in Littleton and didn’t land Kirksey to bolster their linebacking corps.

17 responses to “Christian Kirksey agrees to deal with Packers

  1. Love it!

    Looks like Russ Ball did some magic to lessen the cap hit as well.

    This shows the visit to Green Bay went well for Kirksey last week. Welcome to TitleTown Christian.

    Gute once again not afraid to move quickly in FA.👏


  2. That’s the $8M Graham money.
    I didn’t think the Pack would pull this one off and I was sort of warming up to Kwiatkowski.
    This is a BIG signing.

  3. Fast downhill playing LB who also was a great leader. Christian was a captain for Cleveland and was magic in years when not hurt. Great Gutey signing with no draft compensation for next year. Now the door will open for Austin Hooper.

  4. “A brown cast off! Let that sink in!”

    Yes,a Browns cast off and its sinking in.the Browns had terrible leadership at the top which led to terrible coaches which led to terrible play on the field,many new good players who could not come together to win Green Bay he has teammates who have his back,a great young coach,a quarterback who is NFL calibre,and a defense he will only make better.the Browns did him a huge favor by releasing him when they did.

  5. I guess I am just really confused when they say free agency begins at noon today and then can sign deals on Wednesday.

  6. Christian fills an obvious need on GB’s defense and is a very good LB, when healthy.
    And really, that’s the caveat, can he stay healthy.
    Personally, I think they may have paid a little too much of a premium on a player who’s been a bit of a question mark over the last couple of seasons.
    We will see.
    If he returns to form and pitches in to help this ascending defense get better, this debate will be a moot point.

    One thing’s for sure, Brian Gutenkunst will leave no stone unturned when it comes to his efforts to improve the quality of this football team.
    It will be interesting to see what the next couple of days will bring.

  7. speckers32 says:
    March 16, 2020 at 10:36 am
    I guess I am just really confused when they say free agency begins at noon today and then can sign deals on Wednesday.


    It’s because he was already released. Those released don’t have to wait for the league year to restart before signing.

  8. Kirksey was no longer a Brown. This is why a deal could be done before the tampering period started today. He was free to sign with any team last week already. That is why he took the visit to Green Bay last week and ultimately agreed to a deal today.

  9. How much money are the Packers going to invest in the linebacker position? And what happened to that linebacker they drafted 12th overall last year? Anyone remember his name?

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