After being selected No. 28 in the 2012 NFL Draft, Nick Perry has been released. Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Tuesday, March 12.
“We want to thank Nick for his contributions to the Green Bay Packers and the community over the last seven seasons,” Gutekunst said. “He did a tremendous job on the field, was a great teammate and a true professional. We wish Nick, his wife, Audrianna, and their family all the best.”
Perry spent the first seven years of his career opposite side of Clay Matthews. In those seven years, Perry was able to rack up 259 tackles, 32 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two recoveries, and an interception. He started 48 of a possible 81 regular season games. Perry also appeared in eight playoff games where he ranks 3rd in all-time in the franchises postseason sacks (seven), trailing only the great Reggie White (eight) and Clay Matthews (11).
Despite playing with a club on his hand for part of the 2016 season, Perry was able to have his most impressive season, piling on a career-best 11 sacks and 16 QB hits. Green Bay then awarded Perry to a five-year extension worth $60 million but saw little return for their investment. Perry was never able to live up the hype and becomes another fumble of a first-round pick made during the Ted Thompson era. According to overthecap.com, the Packers save over $3.4 million in cap space, and Perry will account for $11.1 million of dead money in 2019.