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NFL Network report: Packers ready to make moves to shore up team defense

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Defensive End Za'Darius Smith #90 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Adrian Amos #38 of the Chicago Bears participates in warm-ups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field on August 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 17: Outside Linebacker Preston Smith #94 and strong safety Deshazor Everett #22 of the Washington Redskins celebrate after recovering a fumble in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinalsat FedEx Field on December 17, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

GREEN BAY — Ian Rapoport, an inside for the NFL Network and NFL.com, reports the Green Bay Packers are making some deals to shore up the team’s defense.

Rapoport says Green Bay is expected to bring in former Baltimore Ravens rusher Za’Darius Smith. Also, they are apparently signing safety Adrian Amos from the division rival Chicago Bears.

A person with knowledge of the move says the Green Bay Packers have agreed to sign linebacker Preston Smith to a $52 million, four-year contract with $16 million guaranteed.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal cannot become official until Wednesday.

Smith, 26, leaves the Washington Redskins and is expected to improve Green Bay’s pass rush. Smith had four sacks and 53 tackles in 2018, and has 24 1-2 during his four-year career since Washington drafted him in the second round in 2015

This is a developing story.

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