"We want to thank Nick for his contributions to the Green Bay Packers and the community over the last seven seasons", Gutekunst said. Now add another bookend to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's unit.
In 16 games last season with the Broncos, Turner allowed three sacks and 27 total pressures, according to Jason B. Hirschhorn of SB Nation.
His best years in the pass rush department came in 2015 and 2017, when he had eight sacks in each season.
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Za'Darius Smith is getting the biggest deal: $66 million over four years with $34.5 million in the first two years, according to his agency, SportsTrust Advisors. He's a well-balanced performer who is also solid against the run. The 26-year-old Smith, originally a fourth-round pick, led the Ravens, who ranked No. 1 in the National Football League in defense last season, with 8.5 sacks and 60 quarterback pressures despite starting only half of their games.
The Packers will have a new full-time head coach in 2019 for the first time in over a decade. The former Mississippi State product can turn the corner and harass opposing quarterbacks. Smith only had four sacks past year, but is a great run defender and will be a significant contributor to what is now a scary pass rush. And that's what drops his grade just a little. While he might not be the game's best every-down rusher from the edge, he proved his worth - and then some - as an interior rusher on third down last season. The defense certainly deserves its share of the blame. Later, in the fourth quarter, Smith immediately beat the Chiefs left guard with a swim move and combined with Terrell Suggs to sack Mahomes, forcing a punt.