The Brian Gutekunst-led Green Bay Packers are famously leaving “no stone unturned” in their search for players to help the team, and this year that includes bringing in a recently-released linebacker for a visit. That player is Christian Kirksey, who received his release from the Cleveland Browns earlier this week and is eligible to sign a free agent contract at any time.
Kirksey visited the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, but left there without a contract. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, he is heading to Green Bay to visit with the Packers on Thursday.
As Acme Packing Company discussed on Wednesday, Kirksey makes a great deal of sense for the Packers as a free agent investment. He would likely come with a smaller price tag than many of the other top linebackers on the market, but could have a similar impact if he can remain healthy. He also played for Mike Pettine in each of his first two seasons, as Pettine was the Cleveland Browns’ head coach in 2014 and 2015.
While there are other teams interested, Kirksey seems like a great fit both financially and schematically. An adept blitzer, he also has great speed and has earned rave reviews for his presence in the locker room and leadership. He was voted a team captain in Cleveland for each of the last three years, illustrating that fact. He also issued a statement on Twitter Tuesday thanking the Browns and their fans for their support over the years.
Stay tuned for any additional news on Kirksey’s visit or future plans.