Like many NFL teams, the Green Bay Packers entered the offseason with series salary cap questions. When the cap was set at $182.5 million, the Packers found themselves in need to make some changes. On Friday, two of their 2019 free agent signings showed their commitment to the Packers by reworking their deals.
When the offseason began, many speculated that Preston Smith would be a cap casualty due to his $12 million salary for 2021. However, in a press conference last week, GM Brian Gutekunst stated that he expected Smith would be back with the team next season. Yesterday, his statement became a reality when Smith and the Packers agreed to restructure his contract.
The restructured deal moved the Packers incredibly close to getting under the salary cap. In short, Smith went from being a $16 million cap hit to an $8 million cap hit. This is the same amount of money he would have cost the team had they cut him anyway. Now, under new defensive coordinator Joe Berry, Smith has the opportunity for a bounce-back season with the Packers.
When the offseason began, there were various scenarios thrown around social media on how the Packers could cut cap space. As mentioned previously, one of those was cutting Preston Smith. That, however, has been avoided and the team still lowered his cap hit for 2021. Other scenarios were cutting some players, which the Packers did by releasing Rick Wagner and Christian Kirksey. Restructuring contracts was also an option, which the Packers did with David Bakhtiari and Kenny Clark. However, no one expected Adrian Amos to be among those to restructure his deal.
As it turns out, though, Adrian Amos agreed to restructure his deal with the team, saving them $750,000 towards the cap. While this does not seem like a lot, in the Packers’ cap scenario, every little bit helps.