Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Green Bay Packers solidify secondary with Adrian Amos signing

Green Bay Packers solidify secondary with Adrian Amos signing

The Denver Broncos made a couple of big moves on the first night of the free agent negotiating period, but they didn't lose their first free agent until day two. The signing helps fill a massive hole at pass rusher. He was a fifth-round pick of the Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft and a reliable starter. Randall Cobb, whose United Kingdom career preceded Smith's by a couple of years, also becomes a free agent this offseason and reportedly the Packers will let him test the market.

Add in Smith (6-4, 272 pounds), and the Packers officially have a bonafide quarterback hunter.

Amos has ranked among the top 10 safeties in coverage grade each of the last two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

At this point, the details of Amos' deal with the Green Bay Packers is unknown, but given that he played as an elite safety last season, I would imagine he would want to be paid as one.

Adrian Amos joins the Packers from NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears
Adrian Amos joins the Packers from NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears

According to PFF on Twitter, Amos lined up as a free safety on 62.5 percent of his snaps in 2018, and has lined up at free safety on 58.7 percent of his snaps for his career.

Amos registered 73 tackles, nine pass breakups, two interceptions, two tackles for losses and one fumble recovery in 2018. The team is holding on to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine despite making a head coaching change, and Smith gives Pettine a versatile, high-motor player to deploy in multiple spots. Former undrafted free agent strong safety Kentrell Brice was oft exposed last season, and Josh Jones has yet to take a major leap in his development.

The Packers continue to fortify their defense.

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