After a career-high 8.5 sacks last season, Smith inked a massive deal with the Green Bay Packers. Smith will sign a four-year, $66 million contract with a $20 million signing bonus.
Some will question Smith's production, claiming that he was merely the product of a great defense. He will face double teams and added attention that he didn't get in Baltimore. However, he moves well in space for his size at 272 pounds, has powerful hands, and possesses an array of pass rush moves.
He will instantly be the best pass rusher on the Packers defense. That alone could be worth $66 million.
OLB/DE Za’Darius Smith — Easy mover at 6-foot-4, 272. Can play on the edge in the 3-4 front, bump inside in sub-package sets. Closes quick to the QB. Good move by the #Packers. pic.twitter.com/8O4IqA2O2s— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 12, 2019
Smith is a bit of a gamble, and the Packers have sunk a lot of money into him, but his very high potential and production over the last few years justifies a somewhat risky signing.