NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Green Bay Packers during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.
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. Free agency hasn't even officially begun, so who knows what else the general manager Brian Gutekunst will delve into.
This puts the Packers in a great position ahead of the draft.
Tuesday, one year after the Packers tried - and failed - to lure restricted free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller away from their rivals, they landed safety Adrian Amos.More news: U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
They're out here making deals in the legal negotiating window, and big ones at that.
Who did the Packers pay that kind of money to?
Unless you pay really close attention to the goings-on around the National Football League, it's unlikely you know a heck of a lot about this guy. Smith had a breakout season in 2018, racking up 8.5 sacks and 60 quarterback pressures. The Packers can now release oft-injured Nick Perry before he's due a $4.8 million roster bonus at the end of the week.More news: Conor McGregor arrested in Miami on robbery, criminal mischief charges
Preston Smith agreed to a $52 million, four-year contract with $16 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the move.
The former third-round pick out of North Dakota State is trading his orange and blue for green and gold, the colors he had so much success with in college.
The Packers finally got their Bears defensive back. Cobb has been with the team since being drafted in the second round in 2011.More news: Continued Conversations is making its way to Smart Displays