2. Signing Adrian Amos
Before the Packers traded up for Savage on the first night of the draft, they made arguably one of the free agency moves of the offseason by any team by signing Adrian Amos, who was an important starter at safety in the dominant Chicago Bears defense last season.
What makes this move so good for the Packers isn’t just that they added a talented player at a position of need, but also because they didn’t need to overspend like many other teams did at the safety position.
According to Spotrac, Landon Collins signed a six-year deal worth $84 million with the Washington Redskins, which works out at $14 million a year. Earl Thomas signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.
But Amos’ deal was for four years, $36 million, averaging $9 million a year. Importantly, just $12 million of that is fully guaranteed.
Considering the money being spent at the position this spring, this move was a bargain for the Packers. They signed a very good player who will make a huge difference in the Packers defense. At 26 years old, he’s just entering his prime, but the Packers didn’t have to spend huge money like many other teams did in free agency.