Packers: Has Za’Darius Smith dropped a hint about future?

Green Bay Packers, Za'Darius Smith (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Za'Darius Smith (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

There is uncertainty over Za’Darius Smith‘s future with the Green Bay Packers, and the Pro Bowler may have dropped a hint on social media.

Smith has cleared all references of the Packers from both his Twitter and Instagram pages.

He also posted a tweet that could potentially be another hint of what’s next.

Smith could be released this offseason as the Packers make moves to get under the salary cap before the start of the new league year next month.

Per Over The Cap, Smith’s cap hit for 2022 is set to be $27.67 million. Cutting him would reduce that number to $12.38 million.

Is Smith’s decision to remove the Packers from his social media a sign that he’s done in Green Bay? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Moving on from Smith wouldn’t be an easy choice for the Packers. When healthy, he’s been one of the best pass rushers in football for the Packers. He put up a combined 26 sacks and 60 quarterback hits in his first two seasons with the team, being named a Pro Bowler twice.

However, Smith was limited to just two games in the 2021 season due to a back injury. He missed time in training camp and while he was able to return for Week 1, he was limited and then placed on injured reserve. Smith wouldn’t return until the divisional round, where he made one sack against the San Francisco 49ers.

If Smith is released and signs elsewhere, there’s every chance he puts together another Pro Bowl season for another team. If he’s fully healthy, Smith could get back to where he was in 2019 and 2020.

So, we wait. Was Smith’s tweet a hint about his future or completely unrelated? We’ll find out soon enough, but if the Packers are to move on from Smith, it would likely happen in the near future with the new league year just around the corner.