Packers sign LB Christian Kirksey to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Green Bay Packers came into the offseason looking to make an addition at inside linebacker. While they were connected to Cory Littleton, they have already made a move at the position. That move came with the signing of former Cleveland Browns’ starting linebacker Christian Kirksey.

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Packers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $16 million with Kirksey.

Kirksey is a solid addition for the Packers and will fit defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s system.

At 27 years old, Kirksey has had some injury issues throughout his career. He only played in two games last season and seven games in 2018. Back in 2017, which was the last year he played a full season, Kirksey racked up 138 total tackles to go along with 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five defended passes.

This move definitely means that Green Bay will be moving on from Blake Martinez. If Kirksey can stay on the field, he will be an upgrade for the Packers.

It will be interesting to see what else the Packers end up doing this offseason. With the negotiation window opening up later today, Green Bay will have a chance to try to sign another priority in tight end Austin Hooper.

Expect to hear a lot more about the Packers this offseason. Signing Kirksey is a great start, but more is needed.