Christian Kirksey signs two-year, $16 million deal with Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers were in the market for a linebacker heading into the offseason, and it looks like they have found one.
Kirksey was limited to just two games in 2019 due to a chest injury that ended his season.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Iowa, was originally selected by the Browns in the third round (71st pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He played in every game during his rookie year, finishing with 81 tackles, a couple of sacks and a forced fumble. Kirksey posted similar numbers in his sophomore season, totaling 63 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Then, in 2016, Kirksey broke out, racking up 148 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He went on to have another strong campaign in 2017, rattling off 138 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and five passes defended.
Over the course of his first four NFL seasons, Kirksey was actually very durable, playing in every game.
However, in 2018, injuries began to derail Kirksey’s time in Cleveland, as he appeared in just seven contests that season before a hamstring issue cut his year short. When he was on the field, he was impressive, logging 43 tackles, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and five passes defended.
There is no denying Kirksey’s talent and impact when he is healthy, but whether or not he can avoid injury will determine if this contract will be worthwhile for the Packers.