Packers introduce four new free agents


    Packers offensive lineman Billy Turner meets with the media on Thursday (WLUK image)

    GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Four free agent additions in one day is not typical for the Green Bay Packers.

    But that's exactly what this past Tuesday was, when the Packers upgraded their defense, adding a pair of edge rushers, as well as former Bears safety Adrian Amos.

    "It's always difficult to leave a team you've been with the past four years, the team that drafted me," Packers safety Adrian Amos said.

    "At the same time, the NFL is a business and everybody's looking out for their best interest. The Packers felt it was in their best interest to get me here and they valued me."


    They did make a move to shore up their offensive line, signing versatile lineman Billy Turner who prides himself on being able to play any position on the line.

    "I started at every position: left tackle, right tackle, left guard, right guard, As far as I'm concerned, the best five are going to be on the field and wherever I fit into the best five is where I'm going to be at," Packers offensive lineman Billy Turner said. "I could care less which side it's on. I could care less what position it's on, I just want to win."

    After a lackluster season from their pass rushers, Green Bay didn't wait until the draft to improve that position, as they brought in both Za'Darius and Preston Smith, no relation, to get after the quarterback.

    "He can rush inside, outside. I can do the same if needed. We both play fast, physical, and violently and I like his play style. I feel like we complement each other and we're going to do some great things here in Green Bay," Packers linebacker Preston Smith said.

    "Preston is a great football player and I look forward to playing with him," Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith said.

    "One thing we're going to do each and every day is compete, so that's just going to make me better and him better also."

    "I felt like if we could get an edge rusher, that would certainly help our team, so we went," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said.

    "Obviously there's a number of them in this year's free agent class, so we kind of had them stacked like we did. We went through it and we were just fortunate that we were able to get both of them."

    The first time the newest Packers will practice together for offseason workouts is in early April.


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