The Green Bay Packers aren’t known for spending money in free agency. But they do have a history or re-signing their own players which is what they should do in the case of Nick Perry.
Perry was a first-round pick of the Packers back in 2012 and since that time the former USC product has had some ups and some downs. His biggest problem has been his inability to stay healthy, but when he has been on the field he has flashed potential.
In 46 career regular season games, he has 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He also has 100 total tackles and has shown throughout his career that he can do an effective job of setting the edge against the run.
The interesting thing about Perry is that for some reason, he has always played his best in the playoffs. In five postseason games, he has six sacks and 21 tackles, including 3.5 sacks in two games in the 2016 playoffs.
Right now, the Packers have some questions marks at the outside linebacker position. Head coach Mike McCarthy did say he wants to move Clay Matthews back outside, but we also have no idea whether or not Julius Peppers will return next season.
And with Mike Neal set to become a free agent just like Perry, the Packers could be in jeopardy of losing three of their top four players at the position.
That’s what I am advocating for Green Bay to re-sign Perry. He’s still young at just 25 years old (he will be 26 in April) and his prime years are still in front of him.
There is no question that he is talented enough to be a solid starter in the 3-4 and at worse he is reliable situational pass rusher that can also hold up against the run. Of course, these things usually come down to money and if Thompson wants to keep him he will likely need to shell out a contract that averages around $5 million annually.
Yet in a game that is dominated by pass rushers, you can never have enough of them and if the Packers keep Perry, they will help maintain one of the league’s best pass rushes for next season.