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Packers to release linebacker Nick Perry, per report

Perry’s inability to remain healthy proves his ultimate undoing in Green Bay

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To quote the old kids’ show Phineas and Ferb, “Hey, where’s Perry?”

Soon it won’t be in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Even with the addition of edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, the Green Bay Packers were planning on releasing veteran outside linebacker Nick Perry per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

The Packers signed Perry to a five-year $60 million contract after a breakout 2016 season, but thanks to injuries and poor performance he never came close to living up to the money Green Bay gave him. After racking up 11 sacks in 14 games in 2016, Perry had seven sacks in 12 games in 2017 before a miserable 1.5 sacks in nine games last season when he finished the year on injured reserve.

Perry’s contract was one of the final big misfires of Ted Thompson’s tenure as Packers general manager. Perry’s cap hit was $10.75 million last season and increases this season to $14.4 million. The Packers could save $3.3 million against the cap by releasing him now or $10.7 million if they release him June 2.

Regardless, Perry’s time in Green Bay comes to an end with a total of 32 sacks in 81 games played. It’s not the conclusion Perry nor the Packers envisioned when he was the team’s first round pick in 2012.

Unfortunately he couldn’t stay healthy enough to consistently contribute and now he will take his talents elsewhere.