Packers extend Preston Smith, release Za'Darius Smith, Billy Turner
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Green Bay Packers have signed edge rusher Preston Smith to a long-term contract extension. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the new deal means he'll be under contract for five seasons and more than $65 million. He had nine sacks last season and led the team in tackles for a loss.
The other half of the so-called "Smith brothers" is not coming back. The Packers released Za'Darius Smith in a money-saving move. Za'Darius had 26 sacks in 33 games earning a pair of trips to the Pro Bowl.
The team rounded out the busy day by releasing offensive lineman Billy Turner. Like Za'Darius, Turner had spent the last three years in Green Bay.
Releasing Za'Darius Smith and Turner creates about $19 million in cap savings for the Packers. Green Bay had entered the week about $46 million over the cap.