The Green Bay Packers are bringing former Browns linebacker, Christian Kirksey, in on a two year $16 million deal. Kirksey reunites with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine, now the Packers defensive coordinator.
The Browns cut Kirksey after two years spent mostly on injured reserve. He is a productive linebacker when healthy, which is what the Packers will bank on with this signing. Through Kirksey’s first four seasons, he never missed a game and started in 42 of them. His two most productive seasons came in 2016 and 2017 as he totaled 286 tackles, 17 for loss, and six sacks.
Over the last two seasons, pectoral injuries have taken Kirksey off the field. He combined to play in nine games and struggled a bit even healthy. If the Packers can get a healthy Kirksey in 2020, it could pay off big for their revamped defense. Kirksey did not have to wait to sign after being cut, and the Packers may be a perfect fit for the veteran linebacker. The Packers have got pretty good at this free agency thing after years of staying out of the market.
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