Green Bay Packers taking a new, aggressive approach in free agency

P:60 Packers Podcast — Brian Gutekunst’s spending spree

P:60 Packers Podcast — Brian Gutekunst’s spending spree

Za'Darius Smith spent four seasons with the Ravens. He comes off a year in which he racked up a career-best 53 tackles to go along with four quarterback traps.

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.

Long-time Packers pass rusher Clay Matthews is set to become a free agent on Wednesday.

The Green Bay Packers are upgrading their defense through free agency, agreeing to sign former Ravens edge rusher Za'Darius Smith and former Bears safety Adrian Amos, according to National Football League insider Ian Rapoport.

Both additions help the Packers at arguably their two biggest weak points on the entire roster.

"Amos is an excellent safety who's been great for Chicago over the past couple of seasons", The Ringer's Robert Mays writes.

Smith is one of four defenders the Ravens have already lost in free agency, along with linebackers C.J. Mosley (Jets) and Terrell Suggs (Cardinals) and safety Eric Weddle (Rams).

UPDATE: Packers are also signing offensive lineman Billy Turner from the Denver Broncos.

For instance, Preston Smith will sign for $16 million guaranteed.

It's atypical of the Packers to make these kinds of moves, but with Aaron Rodgers not getting any younger at this point, why would they sit back and try to do what they've always done? Unless Rodgers suffers a major injury, this team isn't going to ever be picking at or near the top of the draft, but as we've seen, they can get stuck in draft purgatory as well. For now, let's all enjoy this unique time for the Packers as they are finally active in free agency.

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