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Packers releasing Nick Perry

As expected. 

Perry was due a $4.8 million roster bonus March 15.

The veteran linebacker ended 2018 on injured reserve with a right knee injury after producing a career-low 1.5 sacks in nine games. It was the third time he ended a season on IR.

Perry never lived up to the five-year, $60 million extension he signed back in 2017. While he showed flashes at times, he simply could not be counted on even when he was playing well. His play took a noticeable downturn last year and the signings of Za'Darius and Preston Smith earlier today all but sealed his fate in Green Bay. 

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Evergreenpacker's picture

It's unfortunate he didn't pan out. Best of luck to him.

SterlingSharpe's picture

Good riddance to this always-injured overpaid guy. At least Matthews suited up almost all the time. Perry missed so much time.

Now our starting Edges are younger Za'Darious Smith & Preston Smith.

Fackrell & Reggie G are still depth guys.

Don't totally rule out Clay coming back on a very team-friendly deal as he can play anywhere across the 2nd wave from edge to inside. He'd like to remain a Packer, although the Rams may pull him west.

jannes bjornson's picture

Matthews may be back or decide to play close to home.

the real russ letlow's picture

If Clay re-signs with us I'm thinking primarily ILB. Which is a spot where we could use some help.

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

It will be fun to watch him play at an all-world level injury free for the next 10 years for someone else.

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

Why no love for this comment? Don't be haters. It is truly good (gallows) humor. You see, with our luck, he will go on to great things. That's why the absurdness of him playing injury free at a high level is so funny. Do I really need to explain...

LeotisHarris's picture

I chuckled, Doug, then kicked in an up vote. I appreciate your humor, but my opinions of your other posts are often clouded because you cut your own hair.

The TKstinator's picture

The TKstinator has served as his own barber for the last 25 years. It is to be admired.

LeotisHarris's picture

Agreed, TK. Simple ugly jealousy on my part. My inability do draw a straight line or create anything level grates at me, so I lash out at Doug.

Serving as your own barber, do you make small talk with yourself while you cut your hair?

HoLeCrap's picture

Ya you got that right. I was going to post, Nick dont let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, but his ass wont fit through a door.

Thebearsstillsuck's picture

Something tells me that nick perry isn't going to be a 17 year NFL veteran lol. I am genuinely curious as to what the rest of the league thinks of him and what kind of contract he gets. One year, 5 million prove it deal again? He used to be the number one guy i was afraid of leaving because of what he could do when he wanted to and wasn't hurt. Right now I'm telling myself that even if he has a good year next year it wouldn't have happened here because he didn't care anymore. We'll see how i feel week 8

Since '61's picture

This the best news for the Packers defense since we chucked Dom Capers after 2017. Continue the house cleaning, let CM3 and Brice walk as well. Try to keep Breeland. Go Gute Go! Thanks, Since '61

The TKstinator's picture

Chuck he who needs chucking.

Bearmeat's picture

Good.

Since '61's picture

As usual Bearmeat I'm with you!. Thanks, Since '61

HoLeCrap's picture

I could wet my pants over his leaving. Been pissed at him ever since he gave mich the finger and went yo usc. The guy is all about himself and jot team

crayzpackfan's picture

News is fast and furious in Title Town today. I’m beside myself. Jesus guys, this is FUN!!!!

jannes bjornson's picture

If they didn't make some moves there would have been a Fan Revolt. Back to the draft.
I like Alexander from LSU or Olive Sagapolu from the Badgers as NTs in this draft to plug the run. Clark can play some 3 techique and get a rotation going on the D line. You need to cut some of his reps to keep him fresh.

GBPDAN1's picture

I agree, CrazyPackFan. My head is spinning with all these moves. Damn! BG isn't playing around! He wants to bring home the Lombardi trophy! Can't wait for the draft as we will be loading up more top talent. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning

4thand1's picture

No more of the insanity of doing the same thing expecting different results. 4 signings before FA actually starts? Now we all get to see what so many people wanted, FA signings. This team looks to have improved and will look so much different as starters go. Can't wait for the draft, should be able to go BPA.

jannes bjornson's picture

"we don't like our guys" BG.

Jonathan Spader's picture

"We can do better, no one is safe" BG

stockholder's picture

You don't reward injuries! He now can go to CA.

lucky953's picture

The Raiders will sign him as Mack’s replacement

Thebearsstillsuck's picture

They're going to be very, very disappointed if they try to replace Mack with Nick Perry. That's like trying to replace Kate Upton with Rosie O'Donnell

Nick Perry's picture

HOW in the hell can anyone dislike this comment..."That's like trying to replace Kate Upton with Rosie O'Donnell"

That was a good one Thebearsstillsuck!!!

CAG123's picture

Wow Old School is not going to like this he's been defending Perry for the past few weeks now.

stockholder's picture

Did they learn their lesson with Cobb?

Coldworld's picture

His point on Perry was that they only saved 3 mill in cap by doing so unless they give him 5 million just to technically keep him till June 1 and reclaim 10 mil in cap.

Well it looks like they just decided to do exactly that.

That said, no complaints on today as long as the FA starters can stay healthy.

Very happy with Amos. Was a little surprised on Turner. Hopefully a good move too.

Overall, I think we will draft better as a result of today as well.

CAG123's picture

The worse thing they did for this guy was draft him he was never a fit for the 3-4 and he said during the draft he was always a 4-3 DE but TT obsession with drafting guys out of position doomed him from the start.

Nick Perry's picture

Maybe on the defensive side of the ball but it sure worked out drafting tackles for the O-line....This coming from a guy who pretty much detested Thompson from 2012 on.

CAG123's picture

Yeah but he would also draft a lot of swing lineman so it would work out more times than not.

jannes bjornson's picture

How did that Spriggs deal work out? Sitton and Lang were Four picks. Sitton played Guard in college and Lang could fill in as an OT his rookie year but took a bit of time to transition to guard. Bhaktiari was a God send coming out his junior year. If he stayed for another year in Boulder he was probably going in the first round.

Minniman's picture

Don't be surprised if he pops up on Kansas' roster now that they are moving to a 4-3.

Also don't be surprised that with a good leading group he actually records better stats too. I've always said that he's a good support cast player but couldn't fill the lead role (and style) that the Packers wanted him to play.

I wonder if it was a case that he wouldn't restructure his contract to stay as opposed to the Packers moving on outright. Who knows?

HoLeCrap's picture

What I dont get is this guy is not a linebacker. His ass is wider then my snow shovel and I have a dam big snow shovel. LOL
He is one order of chicken wings away from the wide ass HOF

jannes bjornson's picture

His issue is availability. He can hold edge and his ability to knock balls down at the LOS is very good. The foot ankle injuries just took away what burst he had. As a 4-3 DE he will find a suitor.

Nick Perry's picture

Hmmmm... Should I call myself Za'Darius Smith or Preston Smith now?

Lphill's picture

" the Smith Brothers"

stockholder's picture

Nick you maybe on to something here. We will have the smith bros. And since so many want TEs. Check this out: Irv Smith Te @44 / @75 K.Smith ... Just going Smith crazy.

kevgk's picture

how about Kenny Clark?

SterlingSharpe's picture

The one with the apostrophe in the name!

4thand1's picture

How about Z'P Smith or Zap Smith.

jannes bjornson's picture

Hold a naming contest and put it on the Dan patrick show for votes.

shmelbs's picture

Dead Money?

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

LOL.

Tundraboy's picture

It was a good run. Suggest whoever is the 12th pick,or first Defensive pick.

Minniman's picture

Agent Smith?

LeotisHarris's picture

Go old-school, Nick. Consider Jim Gueno or Gary Weaver. Which ever way you decide to go, you'll always be Nick Perry to me.

croatpackfan's picture

NIck, may I suggest another way to change your nick name. As you cursed Nick Perry getting his name as a nickname, take the nickname name Khalil Mack. Maybe Mack might be so hurt ...

porupack's picture

Just use 'pres za smiths'

cheesehead1's picture

No surprise, underachiever who couldn’t stay healthy. Would like to see us draft Devin White or Burns with the first pick.

kevgk's picture

I'm thinking drop from 12 to 15 to 18 and grab the second TE off the board to get a versatile receiver on offense with an extra late second or something

jannes bjornson's picture

The move down is now in play with Washington thinking of a QB. Alex Smith is going to have a long road to recovery,if at all.

Tarynfor12's picture

Been waiting for this since the day he was drafted and pounded the desk constantly during all the I'm wrong , name calling thrown at me...and not one thank you to the only person here that said Perry is NEVER going to be what you all hoped for...it's OK...I was right and all know it.
: )

Since '61's picture

Taryn - you were right and I'm happy to say Thank you Taryn. Since '61

4thand1's picture

Taryn on a roll especially with Fackrell making some noise.

Johnblood27's picture

and...

That makes ONCE.

Its like Kauai in here with all the unwanted crowing...

...and a bunch of chickens just pecking the ground.

LeotisHarris's picture

It must be an extremely satisfying and warm feeling for you, Taryn. Throw your head back and scream it loud and proud, "I WAS RIGHT AND I KNOW IT!" Go again, baby! That's it! Woo Hoo!

Is there an Old Country Buffet near you? If so, you should put on your best sleeveless shirt and head on over for some fine dining. Treat yourself, kid. These kinds of victories don't come along every day.

Dontworrygopackers's picture

i think all is well in packerland except for those idiots that suggest mike daniels should be let go. cheers to a great draft!

Coldworld's picture

If one is negative all the time it sets up a wide range of these “I was right” moments because football inevitably involves misses in significant numbers.

You have intersting insights at times, but I would be a lot more impressed and those would be more credible if you ever saw a positive in advance.

nostradanus's picture

Thanks Nick bye bye

Johnblood27's picture

Buh bye...

SterlingSharpe's picture

cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2019-nfl-draft-big-board-big-rise-for-notre-dame-prospects-in-post-combine-top-100/

Some interesting rankings....Ed Oliver and Tillery wow

DEFENSIVE LINE help in Rd 1?
Monster jump for Jerry Tillery who rocked his combine workout. I questioned his athleticism on film, but the Notre Dame star proved to be in the upper echelon of athletes for the defensive tackle position. At nearly 6-foot-7 and just under 300 pounds, he's a uniquely sized interior defensive lineman but has heavy, active hands, is strong against the run, and will consistently push the pocket.

Regarding Jeffery Simmons at No. 5 overall while he's nursing a torn ACL, I realized it was basically pointless to really ding him for an injury unlikely to impact him that far into his NFL career. He's just about as well-rounded as Quinnen Williams and has multiple dominant years on his resume in the SEC.

albert999's picture

Take Tillery at 44

jannes bjornson's picture

If he falls that far.

Dontworrygopackers's picture

id love tillery at 30, i agree

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

So far it sounds like the Smith brothers are getting about 30% of the total value of their contracts as signing bonuses. Sigh.

Well, they almost have to if GB is signing Smith, Smith, Amos, Turner, and probably Breeland with a tender for Allision still.

Guam's picture

Trying to make the numbers work TGR and they don't - at least from the initial reports. If the early reports are correct, Gute spent about $45 million in cap space ( P. Smith, $13; Z. Smith, $16; Amos, $9; and Turner, $7.5). He started with about $34+ million and has released Morrison and Perry which will save another $5+ million, so he has $39+ million. He needs about $5 million for the new draft class so he seems to about $11 million over with no in-season reserve.

If this is anywhere near correct, we have several more shoes to drop..... Tramon Williams ($4.75 million); Jimmy Graham, Brian Bulaga, etc. as well as no Breeland or Wilkinson. Appreciate any input on this.

Lare's picture

The Packers obviously know things that we don’t know. I’m assuming there will be other players released or agree to have their contracts restructured to lower their cap hit.

Coldworld's picture

Not sure the hit will be that straight forward. Since we don’t know the structure it’s too early to be sure.

Guam's picture

I'm sure they have a plan, but they probably aren't going to tell us about it either. I would love to figure out what the plan is - I guess I am just not patient enough to wait for it to unfold.

jannes bjornson's picture

Taylor at 5M plus.

Coldworld's picture

Taylor is cheap for a starter. Look at what Turner just got.

James Martins's picture

You're taking the average/year cap. Try to get only the cap hit for this year. P. Smith ($6M), Za'Darius Smith (I guess around $11M) , Adrian Amos ($5.9), Billy Turner ($4.9). that sums up $27.8. Leaving around $11M to sign the draft class, maybe Mark Ingram, and probably Ibraheim Campbell/Jake Ryan. I would say that for this year we are fine. But I am also worried about the future. The salary cap of those guys will go up next years, I hope Gute saved money for guys like Kenny Clark, Blake Martinez, David Bakhtiari and others. Dean Lowry and Kyler Frackel are probably gone next season.

Guam's picture

Thanks JM - couldn't find the first year detail when I posted.

Rak47's picture

The Packers were set to have a lot more cap space in 2020 than this year. That will obviously change somewhat with the current FA signings. But Perry's 14 million cap hit for next year is already gone and Gute can clear another 20 million by releasing Graham {11mi} and Daniels {9mil} after this year. That's 34 million cleared roughly with the release of 3 players. I could see them letting Daniels go next year if they draft a D-lineman like Oliver or Tillery and if our young guys continue to develop.

Coldworld's picture

I think you are right on Daniels just based on age and numbers on and off the field. I think Lowry might be resigned if he plays well this year. Fackrell will be interesting. then again, what do we expect from him this year?

Dash Riprock's picture

I've gone over the numbers and IMPrO I see Kyler Fackrell entering his biggest production year of his career. I have Fackrell at 14 to 16 sacks this season and that's with limited snaps. He's going to be a monster this year and be put in specific situations for maximum damage. Most people still see him as the Rodney Dangerfield of pass rushers but Master Mike Pettine knows exactly how to use all the pieces to the puzzle this season. We're talking top 5 defense this season.

Dash

Dzehren's picture

Bulaga $8M off the books free & clear in 2019? For sure in 2020.

dobber's picture

Nobody knows what's going to happen in a couple years when the CBA blows up and there's a (reportedly likely) work stoppage.

Rak47's picture

There's a complete breakdown of all 4 contracts on APC. Combined cap hit of 25 million this year for those 4 I believe it was.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Yes, but it is based on media reports of the money. Report that Preston Smith is getting $16M right away suggests his signing bonus is $16M, but it could be $12M with a $4M roster bonus.

I have had to try to re-create old contracts. I'd google media reports of "Woodson signs with Green Bay" and the articles would contradict each other and some prove to have clearly erroneous numbers.

Packer Fan's picture

Well, even be fore free agency started officially, Gute has signed major free agents to fill the holes. Letting Perry go is the right thing. His contract is even worse next year. Here was my original wish list. I think Gute read my list:
1. Dump Cobb and Perry to free cap space. Especially Perry as his cap hit is bad and gets worse each year. Done -- check
2. Sign good FA OLB – Houston ($15 mil), Then a FA OLB vet for depth ($5 mil) (could be Matthews) and draft Edge -Burns. Done -- check. BG signed two top level FA's.
3. TE: Keep Graham for one more year, draft Hockenson or Fant. Keep Tonyan. Done -- check. Let's see who BG drafts.
4. OL: Sign FA guard. Guy from Oakland if he gets cut. Then one more OL for depth. Draft OL in round two. Madison will never play. Done -- check. Starters are set. Let's see how the draft goes.
5. Safety: Sign a mid FA vet ($6 - $8 mil). Then draft a safety in rounds 4. Keep Williams as second safety. He will play better his second year playing that position. Consider moving Jackson. Done --check.
6. WR: Sign Humphries ($6 mil). Cobb is too old and expensive. Then draft Andy Isabella Rd 3. Brown and Scantling have enough potential and one should make a good jump in second year. Not done -- ran out of money. Draft Isabella.
7. Other FA signings: Keep Breeland ($6 - $8 mil) and Wilkerson. Wilkerson will be cheap ($3 mil). For DL a mid to late round draft pick. Not done -- Release Williams, sign Breeland and draft safety -- possible still.
8. Draft: Consider trading pick 30 for more 2nd and 3rd round picks. The signings allow for taking best player rather than need. Now that we don't have to draft an edge at pick 12, then we perhaps can trade down, get another 2nd or 3rd round pick, pick Hockenson first, the OL at 30, safety at 44, Isabella at extra pick with trading down and another edge at 75. Not sure on order, but what a haul!!

Jonathan Spader's picture

"5. Safety: Sign a mid FA vet ($6 - $8 mil). Then draft a safety in rounds 4. Keep Williams as second safety. He will play better his second year playing that position."

"7. Other FA signings: Keep Breeland ($6 - $8 mil) and Wilkerson. Wilkerson will be cheap ($3 mil). For DL a mid to late round draft pick. Not done -- Release Williams, sign Breeland and draft safety -- possible still."

9. Make a check list with no glaring contradictions within 2 points of one another -- failed

dobber's picture

Yeah, Humphries got about $9M aav.

BoCallahan's picture

My head is spinning. I can’t keep up with all the news! I love this season!

CAG123's picture

Packers can round out this FA class by signing Tevin Coleman.

4thand1's picture

There is joy in Packerland again.

White _tornado's picture

Why oh why did we hold onto "the Sizzler" so long? Gute has made the offseason fun again.

Gutes first draft: looks like we may have found a few real players. No headscratchers where we find ourselves asking WTF is that?

Hope Gute nails his 2nd draft as well ! Ted you stink! GO GUTE!!

Irish_Cheesehead's picture

Wow, is it Christmas today? Haven't had this much fun in the off-season for many years!

Dontworrygopackers's picture

if u do the math with the old school calender and the gregorian one u get christmas march 12.

bartstarrfan's picture

That tweet you posted should have said, "...healthy *for now*" He's been healthy before; he just never stays that way for long.

Ferrari Driver's picture

Aaron, I was expecting solid play from Perry when he was drafted. I didn't expect him to be a super star, but he failed miserably. While he was often injured, his play in the last couple of years was disappointing and it felt as if he was simply taking plays off. I am really pleased that Gute decided to move on and not pay the multi-million dollar bonus due this month.

Minniman's picture

Some really interesting points from other sites that I'd like to share here for comment:

1) While the terms of each contract are still speculation, it's safe to say that there's more cuts and restructuring to happen at the Packers in order to consume these contracts AND the Draft class........ watch this space!

2) A number of the teams above the Packers in the draft order that are noted as being "in need" of Pass Rushers haven't made many FA Edge splashes - Yet. Leading to the hypothesis that they see their solution in the draft, and thereby meaning that there may be a run on Edge defenders early in the draft........

........ which means that the Packers #12 pick may see the edge guys available there as too risky for that number - and that either a trade or BPA is the more likely scenario for that pick.

GVPacker's picture

Wow Gute is really make things happen, Ted Thompson is spiting up his apple sauce!

albert999's picture

OBJ TO CLEVELAND
WOW

Coldworld's picture

At one heck of a cost. Big gamble on a talent but seemingly one with some collateral issues that soured the pot in NY. One heck of a receiving corps there though.

flackcatcher's picture

Free agents usually don't get signed unless there was some downside on their first teams. While these are ne signings to plug obvious holes, lets not get to high until we see what Gute goes in the draft. For all this talk, this still is a draft and develop league.

Coldworld's picture

I agree. That said, I feel a lot more confident that he has given himself the chance to draft on a BPA basis untrammeled by the baggage of prior roster black holes.

That doesn’t guarantee success but it certainly improves the odds. All GMs miss. The good ones miss a little less. Those improved odds are important.

HankScorpio's picture

I definitely agree that the Packers have done well to minimize the need to draft edge or Safety early. They still can do so but they don't have to do so.

I hope by the time we hit the draft, I can say the same about OL and TE. Given their choice of FA signing and their apparent desire to keep Graham at a ridiculously overpriced contract, I'm not optimistic.

James Martins's picture

I hope Za'Darius Smith is worth the money, $16.5M/year is a lot. I Also think Billy Turner price was a bit too high. I am good with Preston Smith and Adrian Amos. Go Pack Go

Coldworld's picture

Sounds like Denver tried to keep Turner. Packers must believe he has potential over and above his past record. Given that he has played out of preferred position (G) a lot, it’s possible that he does.

Big Moe's picture

Yes, finally.

Archie's picture

Packer fans seem happy today to be rid of TT and many of the guys he signed, especially on defense.

OTOH, I have to think of Russ Ball as well. He signed these guys to these incredible 2nd contracts. Too bad Murph loves the guy so much, I think he is more part of of the problem than the solution.

And John Dorsey, is he a helluva GM or what - GB, KC and now CLE. What do they all have in common? Just win baby! Did he het that from Wolfie? Me thinks so.

Not to say Gutey is chopped liver. I'm still liking him as he had a big day yesterday. Maybe he and Pettine can finally get this defense back to respectability. I've never felt a weak defense and GB goes together. Think back to yesteryear and 66 manning the middle, surrounded by HOF guys on all three levels. Maybe that is the new direction for this team. LaFleur wants to bring back the run and Gutey/Pettine wants to bring back the defense. If we can keep the one thing we have been doing right, the pass, we could be in synch again. I like a balanced team that is very good on all fronts. That is the goal. How the Pats achieve it year and year out is quite remarkable.

dobber's picture

"OTOH, I have to think of Russ Ball as well. He signed these guys to these incredible 2nd contracts. Too bad Murph loves the guy so much, I think he is more part of of the problem than the solution."

BG is responsible for building the roster and, if anything about the previous structure still holds, gets final approval of contracts. Russ Ball doesn't operate in a vacuum. While that was true under TT, I can't help but wonder if maybe TT's desire to groom Ball (or what appeared to be the case) left Ball with too much latitude.

As for these contracts, I really don't see that they're out of line with the market in terms of value. Amos and the Smiths seem to be in line with their comps. Turner? He's the wild card so far, but Milt Hendrickson is supposed to be the great OL evaluator, and I can't imagine that Turner didn't get a vote of confidence from him. We'll have to wait and see how he pans out.

jannes bjornson's picture

Although Ball is s part of the silo committee, it looks like Gutekunst is now in charge of the personnel and the contracts given out.

cheesycowboy's picture

I hope Matthews is not out on moving inside with Martinez. That pass rush and run support with the defensive line would be formidable.

sam1's picture

Watch Perry turn out to be a monster from here on in! Seems that happens more often than we expect!

HoLeCrap's picture

Thanks gutt for a great birthday present. Ted t`s presents on March 12th led to heavy use of alcohol. Not just for me but many fans too. Looks like a much improved team next year and we didn't even get to the draft yet. Special thanks for kicking Perry to the curb.

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