Za’Darius Smith backs out of reported deal with Ravens


It was reported on Wednesday that Smith would be signing a four-year, $35 million deal to return to the Ravens, the team that selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Instead, the two-time Pro Bowler is still up for grabs.

During the Packers’ Week 1 contest last season, Smith was¬†limited to 18 defensive snaps due to a back injury and was ultimately placed on injured reserve. He missed the remainder of the regular season but made it back for Green Bay’s divisional-round game against the San Francisco 49ers, recording a sack and playing 19 snaps.

Smith has posted 227 tackles, 112 quarterback hits and 44.5 sacks in 91 career regular-season contests. He registered career-highs in tackles (55) and sacks (13.5) in 2019, and during the 2020 season, he led the Packers in quarterback hits (23), sacks (12.5), tackles for a loss (12) and forced fumbles (four).


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