Packers clear cap space, release LB Nick Perry

After agreeing to sign several players in free agency, the Green Bay Packers officially released linebacker Nick Perry on Tuesday afternoon.

Perry, who signed a five-year deal worth $60 million in 2017, was due a $4.8 million roster bonus on Friday, the third day of the new league year. According to, the Packers save over $3.4 million in cap space, and Perry will account for $11.1 million of dead money in 2019.

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“We want to thank Nick for his contributions to the Green Bay Packers and the community over the last seven seasons,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement. “He did a tremendous job on the field, was a great teammate and a true professional. We wish Nick, his wife, Audrianna, and their family all the best.”

Selected 28th overall by Green Bay in 2012 out of USC, Perry played 81 games for the Packers and logged 259 tackles (173 solo), 32 sacks, an interception, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 14 passes defensed.

Perry tallied a career-best 11 sacks in 2016 and seven in 2017, but he only registered one sack in nine games last season.

The 28-year-old ranks third in team postseason history with seven sacks.

The Packers agreed to sign pass-rushers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith on Tuesday. Those deals won’t be official until Wednesday.