Packers add LB Smith, DB Amos to D


The Baltimore Raven defensive exodus continued Tuesday with linebacker Za & Darius Smith who agreed to an agreement with the Green Bay Packers.

Smith will be joined in Green Bay by the former Chicago Bears security officer Adrian Amos, who accepted an agreement, sources confirmed to ESPN.

NFL Network was the first to report the agreement with Amos, while Smith told Josina Anderson of ESPN which is directed towards the Packers.

Smith is only the last blow to the defense of the Ravens. C.J. Mosley should sign with the Jets, Terrell Suggs is heading for the Cardinals and Eric Weddle is heading for the Rams after being cut.

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Smith, 26, was the leader of defense bags No. 1 of the NFL with a best career result last season. His 60 quarterback pressures ranked 17th in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

A part-time starter, Smith follows the same path as Paul Kruger and Pernell McPhee, who have both posted big numbers in their Ravens contract years and left for a big deal elsewhere.

A choice of the fourth round in 2015, Smith recorded 10 bags in his first three seasons before breaking out in 2018.

Smith suffered a sport hernia operation after the season, but should be ready for offseason workouts in the spring.

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The interesting part about Smith is its positive side and efficiency. He hit the quarterback on 25 of his 485 snap-rush snaps (5.1 percent of the time), which is more than Dee Ford (4.7 percent).

Smith produced three career-level bags in the 21-0 last season in Tennessee, where the Ravens had a team record 11. But Smith only had three bags in his last 11 games, including a loss to the Chargers.

Amos, 25, started 56 of the 60 games he played for the Bears since he was selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2015 draft.

He started all 16 games safely for Bears' 3rd defense last season, finishing with two interceptions, nine defensive passes, a bag and 73 tackles.

He also had an interception in the Bears' 16-15 defeat at the Philadelphia Eagles, choosing a Nick Foles pass destined for Nelson Agholor in the final zone in the second quarter of that game.

Last season Pro Football Focus ranked Amos as the eighth best safety in the NFL, achieving an overall score of 82.7.

The Packers needed security help: two years ago, the Packers had a couple of veterans who had started the safeties but the last offseason left Morgan Burnett leaves in a free agency and during the past season he traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the Redskins for a fourth choice in this year's draft. After the Clinton-Dix trade, veteran counter-tenor Tramon Williams was rescued to finish the year. Another part-time starter, Kentrell Brice, will become a limited free agent this week.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley and Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.



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