Packers Release Nick Perry

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Nick Perry sacks Bradford at Lambeau

Nick Perry (53) hits Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford as he throws in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Not a surprising move after picking up two great OLBs today during unrestricted free agency.

A first round pick, the 28 year-old linebackers has had a lot of ups and downs during his tenure but in a sport that asks “What have you done for me lately?”, Perry does not have a valid answer to give to the Packers. In fact, he hasn’t even played a full season for the team.

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26 Comments on "Packers Release Nick Perry"

    • PF4L

      When these coning free agent signings were announced this morning, my first feeling is they were bit over payed, but i was withholding judgement.

      So…about 25 minutes ago, i’m thinking fine, we’re about to sign more free agents, like we have the last two years (hasn’t worked out that great).

      Then i said to myself….Ok, now….when you show me something more (like cutting Perry) then that tells me something. My first post on here was to say that these signings, make it easier to cut Perry. Then sure shit…minutes later, i go to my office… and they cut Perry.

      Maybe……Gute is getting off to a better start than he did in his first go around which i labeled a failure (still do).

      Time will tell how it folds out, but you can’t win, if you don’t play. Looks like Gute is at least in the game.

      • PF4L

        I hope we could keep Mathews, but only at a bargain….4 mill?

        Maybe Gute will show Mathews more respect than he showed Nelson.

        • Cheesemaker

          Thinking the same thing – Clay has value but needs to be severely discounted. With these additions at OLB, you have the flexibility to put Clay inside

          • Stiggy

            If clay was willing to play inside again I imagine they would have figured something out.

            I can see him coming back as a situational pass rusher. . Give him some obvious passing down situations without the toll run downs will take on his body and I think he would be a positive.

          • PF4L

            It sounds to me that Clay puts value in retiring a Packer, which i can get down with. But if some team offers him 7 or 8 mill/year i wouldn’t fault him if he bounced.

  1. Kato

    I also wonder if Bulaga’s days(hours) are numbered. Billy Turner makes sense as a replacement. He will start somewhere with that money. Then draft a guard at the bottom of the first/top of the second round?

    • Cheesemaker

      I think they keep Bulaga and they still look to add a T (who might play G in the near term) at 30 or 44. Imho, these moves are about insurance this year and replacing Bulaga after this year.

        • stiggy

          Normally I would say absolutely but his 5-8 games this season will be better than anything they find on the market. Speaking of lineman… that was the only move I felt was sub par. Broncos fans refer to billy blanks (or whatever his name is) as “turnstyle”

  2. Cheese

    “the 28 year-old linebacker has had a lot of ups and downs during his tenure”

    More like one UP year and the rest were down…

    One out of seven isn’t bad, right?

      • Kato

        Let me lay this straight. “Winning the offseason” rarely works. Let’s be real here. The packers just did what the rest of bottom dwelling teams do in FA: they opened the checkbook, and big time. To the tune of like 180 million bucks for four players that have never been all pro much less pro bowl. Let that sink in. This shit, is the product of years of poor drafting. Could one or two of these guys be good? Certainly. But I am nearly certain that they will not be worth their contracts. They are being paid to be great players, not good players.

        On the bright side, they are young, and they don’t have much of an injury history. But beyond that, I am very underwhelmed.

        This is what some packers fans clamored for for years. Be aggressive in FA and spend money. Well, this team is going to have some serious salary cap situations in the next couple years.

        • PF4L

          So..what are you saying…this team is broken?

          Personally, i see Perry getting the boot as a step in the right direction, but this team needs to take a lot of steps. Something that should have happened last year with some others.

          You can’t have players making 5-12 mill/year being non factors in a game. that’s a recipe to not making the playoffs. It’s stupid, and it’s a waste of money.

          I’m gonna let this free agency play out as i do every year. If it blows up, it blows up, i’m not expecting much.

          We’ve been active in free agency the last 2 years, we failed miserably, once with Ted, then Gute, now it’s Gute’s second go around at it. But here’s the thing……if the Packers fail again this season…it’s three strikes and your out. The fan base will finally lose their minds and it’s going to force people’s hand in the high ups.

          Again….it’s one thing to be active in free agency, it’s another to be successful. Just participating doesn’t automatically equate to winning.

          Lets see if they reward Jimmy Graham with a present on Friday….and why not, hasn’t he earned it?

          In reality, despite NFL talking heads…..There are no off season winners, there are no training camp winners, there are no pre-season MVP’s. There are only winners in the regular season where……the truth unfolds. As we know all too well.

          I think they went into this thing do or die. Jobs are on the line.

        • Stiggy

          Thing is… they can use the money at their disposal or they can let it sit. I don’t see any of these signings hurting the retention of their main assets which are A-rod, Adams, Bak, Clark.

          They have nobody else they need to spend money to resign for a few years and anyone they would need money for can be taken care of when graham and daniels are gone. They really had nothing to lose by actually spending the money.

          These signings alone improve the roster. if they can hit with their first rounders (or trade up for another first) have some improvements by some of their young players, and La fleur is actually a good coach things could certainly turn around.

          As i said on previous posts… i dont pretend to know if the packs offseason moves are going to turn anything around… but they did have the assets to start a quick turnaround at the beginning of the offseason.

          AS p4l said… lets see how it plays out.

  3. Deepsky

    Perry sometimes didn’t play hard and much of the time was injured, but I could see an NFL North team picking him up just for the revenge motivation he brings. When he plays he pretty good.

    • PF4L

      To be motivated for revenge, he’d have to give a damn.

      The word is, this guy is lazy, and he doesn’t want to put in the work. That’s coming from a few people separately.

      Sometimes guys get paid, and mentally check out.

      Would anyone be shocked if that was the case here? Seems to fit the dynamic of the situation.

      • Empacador

        Datone Jones was licking his chops talking about how he was gonna sack Rodgers when Jones signed with the Queens. How did that work out for Dat One?

    • PF4L

      Nick Perry would be lucky to get a prove it deal for 2-3 million.

      Speaking of …..

      Would the two commenters who proclaimed the Nick Perry signing was a “bargain” like to come back and tell us more?

  4. Big B

    I’m going to miss reading Perry’s name on the injury report. He and Cobb were classic examples of high production in contract years and then cash sinkholes in the aftermath. I think Daniels will be a FA after 2019 and I would hope they draft with the intention of letting him walk- he’s not worth the 8 figures annually he will seek. Draft DL, extend Clark, and thank Mike for his service.

    FA signings facilitate drafting for BPA, which may lead to Hockenson at 12 (impact player at position of need), then DL or OL at 30.

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