Packers release LB Za'Darius Smith, G/T Billy Turner

Veterans started 75 regular-season games over three seasons

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LB Za'Darius Smith and G/T Billy Turner

The Green Bay Packers have released LB Za'Darius Smith and G/T Billy Turner. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transactions Monday.

"We want to thank Za'Darius for his contributions to the Packers over the past three seasons," Gutekunst said. "He came in and made an immediate impact on this football team, helping the team win three straight division titles. We want to wish Za'Darius and his family all the best moving forward."

Smith played in 33 games with 32 starts over the last three regular seasons for Green Bay and started four of five postseason contests he played in. He was named to the Pro Bowl twice (2019-20), earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press (2020) and was named to the All-NFC team by the Pro Football Writers of America (2020).

"We want to thank Billy for the big contributions he made to the Packers both on the field as well as in the locker room since signing in 2019," said Gutekunst. "He is a true professional whose work ethic and leadership were big factors in the team's success over the last few years. We wish Billy and his family all the best in the future."

Turner started 43 games during the regular season and all five postseason contests over the last three seasons (2019-21) for Green Bay. While primarily playing right tackle for the Packers, he also started games at right guard and left tackle.

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