Nick Perry had a breakout season for the Green Bay Packers in 2016, and he will be staying in Green Bay long-term to build on the season.
Perry has re-signed with the Packers per an official announcement from the team on Thursday. The contract will last for five years, and the USC alum has the chance to earn up to $60 million on the deal until 2022. An average annual salary of $11.8 million will be the case for Perry, who is guaranteed $18.5 of the $60 million he signed for.
Green Bay’s defense was once again disseminated by injuries, and while those injuries occurred mostly in the secondary, linebackers Clay Matthews and Blake Martinez also battled several aliments throughout the season. Even Perry himself was nicked up. He played with a club on his hand for the final few weeks of the regular season and postseason, and still excelled at getting to the quarterback.
The 26-year-old Perry lead the Packers in sacks (11) which was a career-high that placed him 8th overall in the NFL with only Cameron Wake, Cliff Avril, Danielle Hunter, Markus Golden, Lorenzo Alexander, Von Miller, and Vic Beasley Jr. having more sacks.
Perry also ranked 8th on the Packers in total tackles, trailing LaDarius Gunter, Micah Hyde, Martinez, Joe Thomas, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Jake Ryan, and Morgan Burnett. He also posted career-highs in interceptions, pass deflections, and stuffs.
While re-signing Perry was a great start, the Packers still have much work to do on the defensive side of the ball to help make Aaron Rodgers‘ life a bit easier. They will need to revamp their cornerback depth after cutting Sam Shields lose, and with second-year players Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins struggling majorly there as well, the need for new blood at corner has become evident.
Linebackers Datone Jones and Jayrone Elliott appear to be on their way out in Green Bay, while no clear indications have been given about whether or not the team decides to re-sign 37-year-old Julius Peppers. Peppers future may depend on the type of deal he is seeking in terms of money.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy wanted Perry back this off-season, and general manager Ted Thompson was able to make it happen. Rodgers and McCarthy also expressed a strong desire for the team to re-sign guard T.J. Lang, who is said to be exploring offers from other teams while the Packers remain interested.
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