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Perry to stay at 270 for switch to OLB

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Nick Perry said he isn't planning on dropping weight from about 270 pounds as he makes the transition from college defensive end to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 defense. The Packers' first-round draft pick is taking part in the team's rookie minicamp this weekend and met with reporters late this morning along with the rest of the players taking part in the camp. Perry's playing weight in college was in the 260s and he increased that to 271 for the NFL scouting combine because he wanted to show NFL teams †he could get bigger if they wanted him as a 4-3 end. Perry, though, said he's going to stay at this weight even though he'll have significant pass-coverage responsibilities as an outside linebacker in the 3-4. "That (weight) will probably be where I end up playing," he said. "Itís where Iím comfortable. Obviously I have great athleticism, I guess they want to use that. Weight isnít really a concern. Perry is the Packers' only draft pick who hasn't signed yet but said he expects his deal to be finished soon. Draft picks sign a standard release to practice at rookie minicamp and offseason workouts if they don't have a contract. If they get injured before they sign their contract, the release guarantees them the same deal they would have received if healthy. With the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts are simplified and much easier to finish -- there's †not a lot of negotiating room because of a pre-assigned value to each pick, and all draft picks also have to sign four-year deals. First-round picks have to add a fifth year at the team's option that will pay them by a formula based on the top-paid players at their position. For pick Nos. 11 through 32, the fifth year is for the average of the third-highest to the 25th-highest paid player at the position. "(The contract) isnít an issue, itís going to get done," Perry said. "My agent is working very hard on that. Thereís no issues with that, theyíre taking care of it."  

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