You never know what the Green Bay Packers are going to do when free agency rolls around.
But like in previous seasons, just hours before teams are offically able to sign un-restricted free agents, the Packers struck a deal with their top available player, Nick Perry.
The deal, accoring to Jason La Canfora is going to be for five years, although the specific dollar amount has yet to be released.
Keeping Nick Perry - coming off an 11-win season - was a top priority for Green Bay. Many others interested. Getting him for 5 years
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2017
The fact that the Packers were able to keep Perry, their top pass rusher a season ago, shows once again that Ted Thompson and the organization is willing to spend big money on certain players.
They did it with Sam Shields, Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga in recent years and Perry is just another example of Green Bay spending big to keep homegrown talent.
Some still question whether Perry will be worth the big-money deal he got. But in five seasons, he has proven to be a consistent pass rusher and run stopper. Then, after posting 11 sacks last season, it's hard to argue with his increased value.
Perry did have just 12.5 sacks in his first four NFL seasons, but after watching the former first-round pick finally break out and live up to his potential in 2016, it would have been a bitter pill to swallow to see him leave and prosper somewhere else.
Green Bay still has plenty of work to do. Hopefully, they can keep T.J. Lang and Jared Cook. But for those who are constantly calling Thompson cheap and complaining about how little money the Packers spend, look at the deal for Perry.
Look at how much they end up paying to keep Lang and Cook, which I think will happen. Thompson wants to keep his core players together and I think the Packers view both Cook and Lang as part of that. The money may get ridiculous and that might cause Green Bay to balk. But I would not be at all surprised to see Thompson pay top dollar to keep both.
Thompson may be unwilling to spend big on other team's free agents, but the Perry deal shows once again, that when it comes to high-end players from his own team, Thompson isn't shy about writing a big, fat check.
Nick Perry's extension with #Packers is a huge one: 5 years, $60 million with an $18.5M signing bonus. He's due $20.8M in first year.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 9, 2017
$18.5M signing bonus is Nick Perry's only true GTD money. He also has $4.3M & $4.8M 3rd day of league year roster bonuses in 2018 & 2019. https://t.co/QdDWnZDaK7
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 9, 2017
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