The Green Bay Packers finally got aggressive in free agency, retaining one of their own in pass rusher Nick Perry on a long-term deal. Not only did he lead the team in sacks but he statistically was the NFL's best run-stopping edge defender, according to Pro Football Focus.
No free agent on the open market this year was as polarizing as Nick Perry.
The Packers re-signed Perry last year to a one-year, $5 million deal after he had a strong end of the 2015 season. In his first two seasons, he missed 15 of a possible 32 regular-season games. The production portion of our recommendation wasn't very high on Perry's track record, but his tape peripheral was over $14M, so this price is well within that set range.
Stay tuned, as we will update this post with the details of any additional signings that are reported for Green Bay. He did suffer a broken hand against Houston on December 4, missed two games and was forced to play the remainder of the season with a club on his hand.
The Packers drafted Perry out of Southern California in 2012.
Whatever shape the linebacker room takes, Perry hopes to use the experience he's gained over the last five years to help bring along the next generation of Packers pass-rushers. Perry was Green Bay's most consistent and lethal pass rushing option last season, finishing as ProFootballFocus's 19th-best pass rusher, along with being named the website's sixth-best breakout player of 2016. Now, Perry is excited to finish what he started in Green Bay. "I've had growing pains but ... it came to a point where it was time to show up and really prove my worth in this organization". You know, there's a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this game, and I think everybody realizes that and I'm one of the guys that I've dealt with it a lot and I kind of humble myself to know that I can push through anything. "We're going to do good with that".
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