The Green Bay Packers have launched LB Christian Kirksey and T Rick Wagner. General Manager Brian Gutekunst introduced the transactions Friday.
Kirksey (6-2, 235) began all 11 regular-season video games he appeared in throughout his one yr with the Packers, ending tied for No. 2 on the group with 78 tackles (47 solo). He additionally noticed motion in each postseason contests with one begin. Kirksey was initially chosen by the Cleveland Browns within the third spherical (No. 71 total) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Iowa. Over seven seasons with the Browns, he performed in 73 video games with 54 begins, registering 463 tackles (289 solo), 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, 16 passes defensed, 4 pressured fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Kirksey served as a group captain for 3 years (2017-19) and was the Browns’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2018. He registered the second-most tackles (281) within the NFL from 2016-17 (per press-box totals), together with a career-best 143 in 2016.
Wagner (6-6, 315) performed one season for the Packers, showing in 16 regular-season video games with 9 begins and beginning each postseason contests. He helped Green Bay rank tied for No. 2 within the NFL in sacks allowed (21) in 2020, the fourth fewest by Green Bay in a 16-game season. Wagner was a part of a line that allowed one sack or zero sacks in a league-best 13 video games, tied for probably the most in group historical past (2004), together with 4 zero-sack video games, probably the most by Green Bay since 2008 (4). He was initially chosen within the fifth spherical (No. 168 total) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens out of the University of Wisconsin. After 4 seasons with the Ravens, the West Allis, Wis., native signed with Detroit in 2017 and performed three seasons with the Lions. For the primary seven years of his profession, Wagner performed in 102 video games with 87 begins through the common season, together with beginning each recreation he performed aside from one from 2014-19.