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GREEN BAY White Kingsley Keke Jersey , Wis. (AP) — From 2010 through 2016, former Packers general manager Ted Thompson signed two unrestricted free agents.On Thursday, the Packers announced the signing of four such players.Second-year GM Brian Gutekunst wasn’t shopping from the bargain bin, either, in trying to improve a team coming off its first back-to-back losing seasons in a quarter-century. Rather, Gutekunst dived headfirst into the initial wave of free agency by signing outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos, and offensive lineman Billy Turner. They each signed four-year contracts worth a combined $182 million, $57 million of which is guaranteed.Gutekunst, however, disagreed with the notion his aggressive foray into free agency was aimed at putting the Packers back among the NFL’s elite teams while quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains in his prime.“I don’t think so,” Gutekunst said. “I think, obviously, this is Green Bay, Wisconsin. We’re in a win-now mode all the time. I thought we needed to add to our defense significantly and I think these guys will. So, I don’t think it’s any different than it ever has been.”Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith replace the longtime starting tandem of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, who are free agents. Matthews had 3 1-2 sacks last season while Perry had 1 1-2 sacks and was released earlier this week before being paid a $4.8 million roster bonus.Za’Darius Smith had a career-high 8 1-2 sacks last season for the Baltimore Ravens while Preston Smith had four sacks last season for the Washington Redskins. The new teammates met when Za’Darius Smith, a junior college player at the time, was on a recruiting trip to Mississippi State, where Preston Smith was an established star.“We really got cool when we actually went to the combine,” said Za’Darius Smith Josh Jackson Jersey , who wound up playing at Kentucky. “He’s a Smith and I’m a Smith, so we were right behind each other (during drills). Got a chance to communicate, but one thing he did tell me, he was like, ‘Z, we’re going to do great things in this league.’ I kid you not. Now, we’re playing together.”Za’Darius Smith, who tied for 10th in the league with 25 quarterback hits, frequently moved from the edge to the inside on passing downs for the Ravens. He figures to be used in the same way by Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.“We are both versatile players,” said Preston Smith, who has 24 1-2 sacks in four seasons. “I see him play and he can rush inside and outside. I can do the same if needed. We both play fast and physical and violently. And I like his play style and I feel we will complement each other, and we’re going to do some great things here in Green Bay.”Amos comes from the archrival Chicago Bears. Last season, he had career highs of two interceptions, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 73 tackles. He’s gone from not being in the starting lineup to open the 2017 season to one of the NFL’s highest-paid safeties.“In NFL terms, that’s how you show who wants you,” Amos said. “People can say they want you and people can say they have enough or don’t have enough, but that’s the way they show you they want you, by getting you.”Turner started 11 games last season at Denver due to injuries. The Packers have a void at right guard, but neither Gutekunst nor Turner would say that will be his position. Gutekunst hopes Turner’s athleticism will be a good fit for new coach Matt LaFleur’s outside-zone running game.“I’m an offensive lineman, but I don’t think that I move like an offensive lineman JK Scott Jersey ,” Turner said. “I use my athleticism to my advantage, and it works well for me. Being able to move in space well and to run off the football and move guys around in the run game, I think, was part of the reason why Green Bay liked me, and it was part of the reason that I picked here.”None of the free-agent signings has earned postseason accolades. Gutekunst believes the arrow is pointing up. Turner is 27, the Smiths are 26 and Amos is 25. All four were drafted in 2015.“I do think that’s an important point, that we did want guys that we thought that their best football was ahead of them,” Gutekunst said. “I think all four of these guys probably had their best seasons last year and they were trending in the right direction.” This next group of five players on our list have all spent at least a year in the NFL and are looking to make a mark on another go-around in training camp."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShare2019 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 85-81: Holdovers look for another shot at the 53Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsWith veteran free agency behind us, the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster has taken shape. With eight draft picks in the fold, a handful of undrafted rookies under contract, and several new faces arriving via free agency, there are plenty of new faces to get to know on this offseason’s roster.Once again, Acme Packing Company has compiled a composite ranking of the 90-man roster, combining the rankings from several individual contributors. With the first group of players broken down on Monday, we move on from players 90-86 with the next group of five, players 85 through 81.Interestingly, while each player in yesterday’s group is an undrafted rookie, this next group consists entirely of players who have already spent a year in the NFL, with most of them landing on practice squads in their initial season or seasons in the league. Combined, they have spent nine seasons in the NFL Rashan Gary Green Bay Packers Jersey , but only once has any of these players made an initial 53-man roster out of training camp.85: Tray Matthews, safetyThe Packers acquired Matthews late last season, snagging him for the final month of the season and signing him to a futures contract after the year concluded. Matthews, a 6-foot-1, 213-pound safety from Auburn, signed with the Vikings a year ago as an undrafted free agent before being waived at the end of training camp and later receiving an injury settlement. He had a cup of coffee with the Colts on their practice squad but spent a good portion of the year out of football.However, Matthews has decent speed and good burst for his size, as his RAS suggests. He also had an interception and either a forced fumble or fumble recovery in each of his four years in college football, and racked up some solid tackle numbers as well. He could challenge for a special teams slot and a deep spot on the depth chart with a good summer.84: Mike Tyson, safetyTyson is the newest Packer, claimed on waivers from the Houston Texans on Monday. APC elected to slot him in exactly where Matthew Eaton, the rookie wide receiver who was released to make room for Tyson, had been at the 84th spot.Tyson spent last season with the Houston Texans, earning a call-up from the practice squad and playing in ten games, largely on special teams. His ball skills (five interceptions as a senior at the University of Cincinnati) make him more of a candidate to help out as a deep safety than Matthews, but as with the other safety above, special teams would be his ticket onto the team.83: Deon Simon, defensive linemanThe Packers signed Simon, a big 6-foot-4, 332-pound nose tackle, to their practice squad twice last season. But would you believe that last year was actually his fourth season in the NFL?Somehow Rashan Gary Jersey 2019 , Simon has been around the league since 2015, when the Jets drafted him in the seventh round. However, he only has 16 games of NFL roster experience, all coming in 2016 with New York. Interestingly, he remained with the Jets organization for a fourth training camp in 2018 before being released and landing briefly with the Titans prior to his stints in Green Bay.However, he’s essentially a big space-eater on the line, with little pass-rush ability to speak of. Given how often the Packers line up with two interior pass-rushing linemen, it’s tough to see him cracking the 53 come September.82: Anthony Coyle, offensive linemanCoyle, a product of Fordham University, signed on with the Houston Texans after their rookie minicamp a year ago but missed out on the 53-man roster after camp. Instead, the Packers scooped him up onto the practice squad in late September and kept him there through the remainder of the season. The college left tackle is listed at guard on the Packers’ roster.Unfortunately for Coyle, the return of Cole Madison and the drafting of Elgton Jenkins in round two puts a further squeeze on the depth players on the interior of the offensive line.81: Eric Cotton, defensive linemanCotton is an interesting prospect; despite being listed at a similar size to first-round draft pick Rashan Gary — Cotton is 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds while Gary is 6-foot-5 and 277 — he is classified as a defensive linemen while Gary got a linebacker designation.Cotton is no stranger to fluid positions, however. He played tight end for two years at Stanford, catching seven passes for 128 yards and a touchdown, before switching to the defensive line. There, he picked up three sacks in his lone year with significant playing time. Projecting as a sub-package interior rusher, it seems that bulking up this offseason in order to find a position on base downs would be critical for his roster chances this fall.Stay tuned on Wednesday as we keep the countdown going with players 80 through 76.

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