Smith will have to fight against the trend of former Baltimore pass rushers who have gotten big deals in free agency but failed to put up the same production with their new teams.
Both additions help the Packers at arguably their two biggest weak points on the entire roster.
The Packers certainly aren't afraid to pay for upgrades.
There is at least one prominent onetime PSU star staying put, however, as Tampa Bay tackle Donovan Smith has already signed a three-year, $41.5 million deal to remain with the Buccaneers. That money will be paid upfront, but it will be split into four separate $4 million cap charges over the life of the deal. The 26-year-old Smith, originally a fourth-round pick, led the Ravens, who ranked No. 1 in the National Football League in defense last season, with 8.5 sacks and 60 quarterback pressures despite starting only half of their games.
"We want to thank Nick for his contributions to the Green Bay Packers and the community over the last seven seasons", Gutekunst said.
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Preston Smith is a former first-round pick out of Mississippi State who has been a very solid all-around edge when healthy for the Redskins in his time in the NFL. He comes off a year in which he racked up a career-best 53 tackles to go along with four quarterback traps.
Amos spent four seasons with the Bears.
The Packers have reportedly also signed safety Adrian Amos, who was a fifth-round pick in 2015.
The Packers paid him $37 million over four years ($9.25 million/year).
They have to learn to take calculated risks in free agency, and they're off to a roaring start in 2019.