Green Bay, Wes. – Shortly after the news broke, the All-Pro . team appeared Jair Alexander A teammate agreed to a record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers on Monday, asking a rhetorical question on Twitter.
“What Wins Championships” Packers Out Back Preston Smith Spread.
The defense certainly did their part last season, finishing ninth overall and holding the San Francisco 49ers without an offensive touchdown in the NFC team’s January loss.
It’s also how the Packers might have to win at some point in post-Aaron Rodgers Era – whether it’s a year or three.
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– Preston Smith (@PrestonSmith94) May 16 2022
Either way, general manager Brian Gutkunst seems to agree with Smith.
Consider all of the moves he made to fortify this side of the ball:
Alexander made him the highest-paid defender in the NFL with a four-year, $84 million contract.
Brought in a veteran defensive tackle Gran Red On a one-year deal worth $3.25 million.
Signed Back Corner Douglas messenger for a three-year deal worth $21 million.
Signed full back Defender Campbell for five years at a value of $50 million.
Smith signed a four-year, $52.5 million extension.
He used his selection in the first round of 2021 on a defensive player, corner-back Eric Stokes.
“I think we’re excited about that,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said recently of his defence. “But… you have to recreate this magic that we finished with, and any year will never be the same.”
While Gutekunst moved from outside full-back Zadarius Smithreleased in March, helping free up higher salary space for some other moves.
“I would say our expectations for the entire football team, but specifically our defence, are really high,” Gutkunst said last month after enlisting. “I thought they played really well last year and finished on a very high note, they played at a very high level. We have some players who are coming back and they will be here for their second year and they are going to be important. I love the way this group is growing together. It’s a new season, they have to put in the effort and time. And the chemistry and all the things that go along with that, but I think the level of expectations for that group is going to be high.”
Alexander is one of the key players in the group.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Alexander allowed a 55.5% completion rate as the closest defender of his career. He is the eighth best player in the NFL among players who have had at least 250 goals as the closest defender since 2018.
He looked like he was perfectly fit to play wherever defensive coordinator Joe Barry needed him last year. One of Barry’s distinguishing points in defense is what he calls his “star” position, which is essentially a full-back’s corner point. Alexander’s shoulder injury that knocked him out after four games last season (he came back for the play-off) prevented Barry from exploring that further. But with Alexander’s shoulder healed and his long-term future sewn up, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Barry move it further.
“He can shade and play outside and lock up players, he can move inside, he can do everything,” Gutkunst said earlier this off-season from Alexander. “So I imagine this might be a little bit game after game, but that’s probably something we’ll get to once we land the season.”
While the Packers offense appears to be in flux after the recipient’s trade Davant Adams For the Raiders, the defense appears to be in good shape.
Preston Smith said last month: “The more playmakers we can have on defense, the more chances we have [it] It will increase our success.”