Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson has made his first splash in the offseason. In typical Thompson fashion, he has resigned homegrown outside linebacker Nick Perry to a five-year extension worth $60 million, per multiple reports. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be released.
Perry, 26, is coming off his best season as a pro after recording a career-high 11 sacks, good for the eighth-most in the league. Prior to this season, he had only recorded 13.5 total sacks in his first four years in the league as injuries and inconsistency plagued much of his young career. 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.
Last offseason, Green Bay signed Perry to a one-year “prove it” deal worth $5 million, and the deal appears to have paid off for both sides. As a positive presence in both the run and pass game, it seems Perry is finally living up to the talent that saw him selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Re-signing Perry shows a commitment to retaining in-house talent and keeping together the nucleus of a team that made it to the 2016 NFC Championship Game.
Thompson will likely turn his efforts toward re-signing the many other Packers that are up for new contracts, namely TJ Lang, Jared Cook, Eddie Lacy, JC Tretter and Micah Hyde.