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Jets Free Agent Target Nick Perry Staying With the Packers

Jets have 'lots of interest' in linebacker Nick Perry, report says

After making him their priority in free agency, the Packers were able to agree to terms Thursday morning on a five-year, $60 million deal that includes an $18.5 million signing bonus and another $250,000 per year in Pro Bowl bonuses from 2018-2021, according to a source with access to National Football League salary information.

Perry ranks No. 3 in team postseason history (since 1982) with seven sacks, trailing only linebacker Clay Matthews (11) and defensive end Reggie White (eight). In the five games with a club on his hand, he had 10 tackles and four sacks.

In 2012, he played in six games before requiring season-ending wrist surgery.

Perry nearly shed the injury bug a year ago, missing 2 games with his broken hand, but still leading the Packers with 11 sacks, while being their best outside linebacker against the run.

"I'm one of the core guys who can provide stability", Perry said Thursday.

The rest of the contracts that the Packers sign will bump some first- or second-year players out of the top 51, and therefore the impact of any signings will be lessened by around $465,000. The team also signed former Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler to a long-term deal, and re-signed guard Joel Bitonio to a five-year, $51 miliion contract extension.

Re-signing Perry was huge for the Packers, but there is still more work to do. "I think we're really pushing the envelope to try to win this thing". He was far and way the Packers' sack leader.

Safety was a key need entering free-agency signing period on Wednesday, and especially after Buffalo released veteran starter Aaron Williams earlier in the day.

Hyde agreed to a five-year deal worth about $30 million, with about $14 million in guarantees, a person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press.

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