Packers to bring back pass-rusher Nick Perry

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Poyer has four years of National Football League experience, and spent the past three-plus seasons in Cleveland. There was no guaranteed money left on the contract extension he signed a few days after the 2013 season, making the move to cut the 33-year-old widely expected.

The Packers allowed Perry to hit free agency and test the market, but he was a priority for the team, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He did suffer a broken hand against Houston on December 4, missed two games and was forced to play the remainder of the season with a club on his hand.

Tretter opened the 2016 season as the Packers starter and played very well, but he has had trouble staying healthy.

Perry is being paid $60 million to be part of the solution. "He has been a great teammate and a productive player since he joined us in 2012 and we look forward to the rest of his Packers career", general manager Ted Thompson said in a release. After notching just 12.5 sacks in his first four seasons, he racked up 11 in 2016.

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"I think it's a blessing to be able to come back here and prove that I am the guy everybody says I am", Perry said. "We're going to do good with that".

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound linebacker's breakthrough season went a long way in the Packers, as a team, finishing inside the top 10 in sacks for the sixth time over the past seven seasons.

The Packers simply had too many needs this off-season to worry about rebuilding on the edge.

Hyde agreed to a five-year deal worth about $30 million, with about $14 million in guarantees, a person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press.

But Matthews was beat up past year and there is nearly nothing behind him at outside linebacker, so the Packers were in a precarious position. "That was just one year".