Packers cut Christian Kirksey, Rick Wagner

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The Packers are currently projected to be over the 2021 salary cap, so they’re making a couple moves to trim some veteran salaries.

Green Bay released linebacker Christian Kirksey and offensive tackle Rick Wagner, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Kirksey, who signed a two-year, $13 million contract last year, was a starter when healthy but missed five games last season. Cutting him saves almost $6 million in cap space.

Wagner played in all 16 games last year and was on the field for 59 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps. He signed a two-year, $11 million contract last year and cutting him will save more than $4 million in cap space.

21 responses to “Packers cut Christian Kirksey, Rick Wagner

  1. Hate to see them cut since they both contributed in a pinch. But, the Packers need cap space and this gives them a better chance of bringing back some of the bigger contributors.

  2. The obvious cuts now out of the way, guessing next is Lowry taking less $ to stay.

  3. cheeseisfattening says:
    February 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm
    They’ll need to cut a lot more to meet Rodgers new contract demands.

    Lol Aaron rodgers has no contract demands. But keep in hating over there.

  4. The Packers can continue to make other plans as-needed knowing Rodgers trusts them and the system and will let it all play out, just exactly as he has done in all previous negotiations, adaptations, and accommodations. Rodgers has never made any demands of anyone, and never will. In fact, the Packers previously said aloud they had every intention of making Rodgers the most highly compensated quarterback in the league. They wanted to do it. Rodgers didn’t have to do or say anything! That’s the kind of MVP professional every team in the league wishes, hopes, and prays could be on their roster. There are no shortcuts. Build and train the quarterback talent for a few years, and establish a trusting rapport. Some teams think they can simply buy that sort of asset and just to fill an ill-perceived “missing piece.” Good luck with that.

  5. Hoping the Packers can get P Smith to take a paycut and not cut him outright. Still young and bats alot of balls down at the line. Really need a big run stuffer in the middle to help out Clark.

  6. Weird, who would have thought with those well praised Gutie free agents from CIN & DET. Offensive line woes with first Bulaga, then Wagner. Billy Turner is probably next.

    Guess aaron loves running at his age

  7. That’s the problem with Kirksey — he’s an above average NFL LB when healthy, but can just never stay healthy.

  8. “cheeseisfattening says:
    February 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm
    They’ll need to cut a lot more to meet Rodgers new contract demands.”

    After winning the NFL MVP he could ask for more, but so far all he’s said is he would like to spend his entire career in GB. Meanwhile Cousins is just behind #12 in salary and the Vikings went 7-9 versus 13-3 for GB with #12 playing with one star WR and a bunch of late round picks or UDFAs. But keep dissing Rodgers every chance you get.

  9. ariani1985/cheeseisfattening: Just got to laugh whenever you anti-Packer “fans” react to any Packer news. It’s usually better and good news than the Vikings have. Just keep on yakking; it shows your team isn’t doing squat while your foes are getting better.

  10. Rodgers never asked for a new contract, he said he was willing to restructure…….big difference.

  11. Between this and the Bakhtiari restructuring, they’ve made up about $18 million.

    Now they have to cut another $10 million to get down to the cap, plus a little more for next year’s rookie deals.

    (And that’s assuming no free agent signings–if they try to bring back Aaron Jones/Jamal Williams/Corey Linsley, or sign JJ Watt or anyone else, they’ll have to cut a lot more than that.)

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    February 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    They’ll need to cut a lot more to meet Rodgers new contract demands.


    For someone who refuses to make a single prediction because you are afraid to be wrong, you are wrong an astonishing amount.

  13. ariani1985/cheeseisfattening

    Your Rodgers hating is comical to begin with and has now gone straight over to ignorant. You probably don’t pay attention to real world stuff. Rodgers just gave $500k to Barstool for small business relief. $75k of that went to the Ideal Diner in Northeast Minneapolis. I would prefer it if you would just say thanks.

  14. For anyone that has been paying attention, these cuts were expected, and soon will include Smith and Lowry…adding an additional $11 million to available cap space.

  15. Wish Kirko and Ricky the best. Whatever teams they end up with will be lucky to get them.

    Gute and Russ doin’ work.👏

    Stay tuned….


  16. Ricky Wagner is a man of few words. There has been some talk of Ricky retiring if he were released by the Packers. Let’s hope not.

    If this is the end of Rick’s career, it has been a good one. I’m sure the Ravens and Lions would say the same.

    I will always remember Ricky’s one season with the Packers, and his 3 B1G Championships with the Badgers. The West Allis, Wisconsin native did us all proud in his career and life.



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