Packers spending spree includes safety Amos, pass-rushing Smiths
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Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, edge player Preston Smith and safety Adrian Amos agreed to deals with the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, according to NFL Network.
Za'Darius Smith was a trade target of the Packers in 2018 and his signing in Green Bay continues an exodus from a Baltimore Ravens' defense bracing to subtract inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (Jets) and longtime edge pillar Terrell Suggs. Safety Eric Weddle was released and signed with the Los Angeles Rams.
Za'Darius Smith ranked in the top 20 in edge pressures last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He had a team-high 8.5 sacks and 25 quarterback hits in 2018.
Preston Smith, a linebacker and defensive end for the Washington Redskins, agreed to a four-year deal worth $52 million, per NFL Network. He had 24.5 career sacks -- 4.0 last season -- with the Redskins. Smith will receive a $16 million signing bonus and $27.5 million in the first two years of the deal.
With the two 6-foot-4, 270-pound pass rushers in the fold, the Packers released outside linebacker Nick Perry.
Amos' contract is worth $37 million over four years, per ESPN.
He started for the NFC North rival Chicago Bears, who attempted to bring him back against stiff competition from the Packers and New York Giants, per reports.
Amos, 25, can play deep safety and in the box as a strong safety.
The Packers also agreed to terms Tuesday with versatile offensive lineman Billy Turner. Offensive guard was a noted weakness last season. Turner can play guard, and his deal is reportedly worth $28 million over four years.