NFL free agency has not officially begun, but Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is already taking a new approach to the system.
Multiple media outlets including ESPN and NFL Network are reporting that the Packers are adding three new players to their defense. Green Bay agrees to terms with edge rushers Za’Darius Smith, formerly of Baltimore Ravens and Preston Smith, formerly of Washington Redskins to help reshape the struggling defense.
Za’Darius Smith will sign a four-year contract worth $66 million, including a $20 million signing bonus and $34.5 million in the first two years of the deal, according to his agents at SportsTrust Advisors.
Preston Smith will sign a four-year deal worth $52 million. He will get $16 million fully guaranteed at signing.
The Packers also are reportedly adding Safety Adrian Amos from divisional rival Chicago. Amos gets a four-year deal worth $37 million.
In a separate deal, versatile offensive lineman Billy Turner is also coming to the team.
This approach from Gutekunst is different from his predecessor Ted Thompson who typically opted to add players by draft and later in free agency.
The deals won’t become official until Wednesday when the NFL Free Agency period officially opens.