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Packers restructure Za’Darius Smith’s contract to free cap space

Smith’s re-worked contract allowed Packers to re-sign Aaron Jones
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Green Bay Packers' Za'Darius Smith (55)...
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Green Bay Packers' Za'Darius Smith (55) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)(Mike Roemer | AP)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 11:07 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers restructured outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith’s contract to create cap space by the start of the new league year.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Smith and the Packers re-worked his deal to create cap space on Wednesday. ESPN’s Field Yates is reported the restructured deal converts Smith’s $5 million dollar roster bonus and $9.76 million base salary for 2021 into a signing bonus.

Smith’s restructure made it possible for the team to re-sign running back Aaron Jones to the reported 4-year, $48 million dollar deal that included a $13 million signing bonus.

The Packers previously restructured the deals of offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, safety Adrian Amos, outside linebacker Preston Smith and offensive lineman Billy Turner.

Green remains over the cap and will need to make corresponding moves to get below before the NFL’s new year year begins at 3 p.m. CT.

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