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Packers May Be Out Of The Nick Perry Market

It’s beginning to look like the Green Bay Packers may be driven right out of the market for Nick Perry.

Despite having just one successful season among five, it looks like Perry might get paid like he’s a three-time Pro Bowler. Our guess is his annual salary could reach $12 million. That’s because a couple of drunken sailors have entered the fray.

The Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets. Both teams are reportedly very interested in Perry. Both teams have more salary cap space than the Packers (by about $10 million). Thus, both teams can essentially overpay for a guy they hope is going to improve on his career year in the future.

There are a couple issues here for the Packers.

First, Perry turned in 52 tackles and 11 sacks in 14 games in 2016. Those are great numbers and Perry was arguably the team’s best defender last year. But do you pay someone $10-12 million per season for one good year? The Packers got burned doing that with Randall Cobb, didn’t they?

We love Cobb, but he’s getting No. 1 receiver money and hasn’t equaled his contract season in terms of production since signing that deal, which averages $10 million a year.

The Jets and Colts are just the type of desperate franchises to overpay for a guy like Perry and hope for the best. And maybe they’ll get six to eight sacks a season through the duration of the contract. The bottom line is, it is entirely possible that Perry has reached his ceiling in terms of production and we just witnessed it.

The other issue for the Packers is plugging that hole. Perry wasn’t just the team’s best pass rusher in 2016, he was also the Packers’ best run defender. So now, a team already in need of additional pass rushers is down their best guy AND they also get weaker in the running game.

Certainly not ideal for a team whose defense killed them in 2016.

However, if the market for Perry is out of whack, then the Packers would be wise to go out and find a cheaper alternative, who maybe hasn’t reached his ceiling yet. Or they could just focus on finding that No. 1 cornerback we all know they need.

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  1. Deepsky March 8, 2017

    Perry’s getting at least $15 million a year and maybe closer to $20 million. Two thirds of the teams in the NFL have enough cap space to afford Perry. Eight teams have over $50 million in cap space. Besides the Colts and Jets, a bunch of other teams have said they have interest.

    1. PF4L March 8, 2017

      15-20 mill a year?

      I’ll drink what he’s having.

    2. Deepsky March 9, 2017

      Let me add a few more reasons why he’ll hit it big.

      He’s young, only 26 years old. Guys who get sacks rarely come to market when they are this young. Sure, guys like Julius Peppers and Demarcus Ware become available, but they are past 30. Teams are going to believe Perry has upside and upside costs premium. Teams will attribute his early laziness to his being young.

      Second, teams will look at his big plays which are ALWAYS IGNORED by the haters. Strip sacks, sacks at the right time.

      Third he plays tough. He recorded two sacks this season against the Vikings when he had a club on his hand.

      Fourth, he can hold the edge. Few outside linebackers can hold the edge. Matthews can’t. Peppers can’t.

  2. Squeezy March 8, 2017

    I don’t believe 1 word of Perry’s agent aka Deepsky

    You are sadly mistaken

  3. Cheese March 8, 2017

    Draft and develop so other teams can sign your players once they finally start to produce. Eventually Perry will be getting that cast off and I can only imagine his production improving or at least staying the same. See what happens when you pick an out of position player in the first round to be your million dollar tinkering project? Five years later…. who in the fuck thought this was a good idea?

    1. Cheese March 8, 2017

      Take that money from Matthews and give it to Perry, because he clearly isn’t worth it.

      1. MMTTDCSUCK March 8, 2017

        This ^^^^

  4. Kato March 8, 2017

    I believe I called this last week, I knew he would be more than 8-10 million. I would go back and find the quote, but I am not a self-obsessive, hubristic twat like PF4L is. I have other hobbies besides keeping a library of every quote on total packers.

    1. Cuban March 8, 2017

      Lmao

    2. PF4L March 8, 2017

      That’s right Kato, your more of the stalking, obsessive, whiney type of twat.

      Right now Perry isn’t worth 8, 10, or 12 mill. He isn’t worth shit before he signs, Just because a writer from Total Packers is guessing he’ll sign for 12, doesn’t make it reality until it actually happens….fucking children.

      Sorry for the heavy dose of fucking reality, Maybe you’ve learned something….again.

      You’re welcome.

      1. Kato March 9, 2017

        You are brash, and have this strange arrogance, and no idea where you derive it from. It’s funny, you bash MM for being arrogant. You are ten times worse and don’t have near the accolades that man has.

        If you know how free agency works, you know that teams grossly overpay. Pass rushers are a premium, and he is the best one of the group. He will fetch close to $12 million

        1. PF4L March 9, 2017

          He might cash in that much, we don’t know yet. That doesn’t mean it’s smart. Signing a guy with injury history to 60 mill for 5 years, after having 1 standout (contract year) season is a gamble. He hasn’t played 1 full season. He’s a reach at that kind of money, plain and simple.

          Now for the 18th time, quit stalking me

  5. BP 257 March 8, 2017

    Don`t agree with Mr “Cheese”. Perry is still nort better than Mathews. Mathews has had a tough last two yrs because of injury and declining skills. There is a difference. I feel he is going to bounce back if we remain patient. No on is patient especially now of days. I like Perry and would like to see him stay but he is not worth 12-15 mil a year.

  6. TJM March 9, 2017

    Well it looks like Nick is signing with the packers. no numbers as of yet, talks are 5 year deal.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18861676/green-bay-packers-re-sign-olb-nick-perry