Two weeks after being drafted in the first round, former USC defensive end Nick Perry has reached a deal with the Green Bay Packers, signing for four years, in deal that includes a team option for year five, according to Aaron Wilson of FOX Sports.
Packers have finished their four-year deal with first-round outside linebacker Nick Perry. Team holds a fifth year option
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 11, 2012
According to Wilson, the Packers have now signed their entire draft class, as plenty of teams have been in a sprint to sign their draft picks this week.
Perry was drafted 28th overall to the Packers, and Green Bay intends to have him play outside linebacker opposite of Clay Matthews, in a 3-4 scheme. Considering that Perry’s strengths are in his speed and strength, he should transition well to the new role, as well feel comfortable playing alongside Matthews, who was a senior during Perry’s redshirt year as a true freshman in 2008 at USC.
At USC, Perry led the Pac-12 in sacks as a senior, and was the only departure from the 2011 defense. He’ll be replaced by Wes Horton and Devon Kennard on the USC defensive line, in addition to incoming freshman Leonard Williams.