CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns released veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey on March 10 and less than a week later, he’s found his way onto a team, signing a 2-year, $16 million deal with the Green Bay Packers, according to NFL’s Ian Rapoport.
Free agent LB Christian Kirksey has agreed to terms on a 2 year, $16 million dollar deal with the Green Bay Packers per his agency @SPORTSTARSNYC— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
A former third-round pick out of Iowa, Kirksey was one of the team’s longest-tenured players. Throughout his career with the Browns, he appeared in 73 games with 54 starts, serving as a team captain from 2017-19.
After six seasons the Browns tried renegotiating Kirksey's contract, but could not come to an agreement and he entered free agency.
The 27-year-old linebacker recorded 484 tackles, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries in his time with the Browns. Outside the locker room, Kirksey was active in the Cleveland community. He participated in numerous school visits, youth football camps, hospital visits and supporting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Kirksey will reunite with his former coach Mike Pettine who is the defensive coordinator for the Packers.