Packers To Sign Adrian Amos, Za’Darius Smith

This year, the Packers were serious about making noise in free agency. On Tuesday morning, they agreed to sign safety Adrian Amos, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The club also agreed to terms with former Ravens edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, according to Rapoport (Twitter link). 

Amos is getting a four-year deal worth $37MM, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link). Rapoport notes that it’ll pay him $21MM over the first two years. He was reported to have been seeking between $9-10MM annually, so he got what he wanted.

Amos, 26 in April, enjoyed the best season of his career at the perfect time. Starting in all 16 games, Amos finished out with 73 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defensed, a fumble recovery, and a sack in 2018. The advanced metrics at Pro Football Focus positioned Amos as the eighth-best safety in the NFL last year, though he placed even higher in 2017.

Smith has been an object of the Packers’ affection for some time now. A few years ago, they tried to trade for the former fourth-round pick. Years later, they got him, albeit at a bit of a premium. The 26-year-old (27 in September), also timed his breakout season well. Last year, the edge rusher finished out with 8.5 sacks and 45 tackles despite starting in only eight of his 16 games.

With these two signings, the Packers have managed to close the gap between themselves and the Lions, who spent some serious coin on Monday. They also stole Amos away from the rival Bears, who were hoping to retain him. Thanks to his link to new Broncos coach Vic Fangio, Amos had been heavily linked to Denver, but ultimately it was Green Bay who won the bidding. Amos was a bit unheralded coming out of college, and was a fifth round pick out of Penn State back in 2015. He became a near immediate starter, and this is a big loss for the Bears’ elite defense.

With the signing of Buster Skrine and the expected departure of Bryce Callahan, Chicago’s secondary will look quite a bit different next year. Smith is the latest in a series of departures from the Ravens’ defense, with linebackers C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs, along with safety Eric Weddle, all finding new homes.

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16 comments on “Packers To Sign Adrian Amos, Za’Darius Smith

  1. bdpecore

    Both are great fits for the Packers and hopefully both have an AAV of $10MM or less.

    • brewcrew08

      Smith is getting 15-17M AAV I read. Once we cut Perry after 6/1 that saves 7M on the 2019 cap though. All the sudden you’re paying Smith 8-10M AAV when it all washes out

    • Grebek7

      Go Bearsssszzzzz. Bears were never trying to retain Amos, incorrect info. Callahan Yes, Amos no. Amos is good solid tackler, that(s it. Pace & Nagy are loading up on playmakers. Downgrade from HaHa enjoy GB. When HaHa suits up for the New Monsters of the Midway in 2019, jokes gonna be on Pack.

      • Rondon

        “lol” Wake up, dude ranch. They had to overpay for Amos. The reason he looked good the last couple of seasons was because of the great players around him. Ever heard the phrase, a rising tide lifts all boats? If the Bears really wanted him they would’ve signed him before FA.

        • brewcrew08

          See that would be true if the Bears had money to spend. They had 23M roughly going into the offseason they aren’t going to throw 9M at Amos. Especially when 2020 rolls around and they have 92M tied up in cap space for just Mack, Fuller, Robinson, Hicks, Goldman and Prince. That’s even before you factor in guys like Mitchell and Leno and the joke of a deal Burton got. Bears have backed themselves financially into a corner for 2020 and its glorious

          • Rondon

            None of your wishful thinking changes a thing about the fact that Amos is no 9mill a year player and the Pack will find out soon enough. It took a great defense to make him look good and the Pack ain’t got one… and I’ll enjoy watching it.

            • bdpecore

              Considering many experts had Amos ranked third behind only Collins and Thomas, I think his contract is quite reasonable. You really are underestimating his versatility and the impact he had on the overall production of the secondary. His consistency allowed Jackson the ability to take more chances which resulted in many of his big defensive plays. I believe you will realize this once the season begins.

  2. scottstots

    I can’t remember an offseason where the Packers added 3 top 20 free agents. Plus we have 2 first round picks. This team is going to be much better than last years.

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