Having traded up to draft Maryland safety Darnell Savage No. 21 overall, the Green Bay Packers almost certainly wanted to lock him in quickly. And they have now done just that.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Packers have signed Savage to a four-year deal with the typical fifth-year option for a first-round pick. The move makes the Packers the first team to sign a first-round draft pick from the Class of 2019.
Green Bay traded the 30th overall pick as well as two fourth-round picks to the Seattle Seahawks to obtain the No. 21 overall pick. The Packers had acquired that 30th pick in a trade with the New Orleans Saints last year.
The Packers’ No. 12 overall pick Rashan Gary is yet to sign.
Packers’ first-round pick Darnell Savage agreed to 4-year deal with Green Bay that includes a 5th-year option, per source. Savage is first first rounder to get a deal done.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 2, 2019
Arguably the top safety in the 2019 draft class, Savage was the first defensive back off the board last week. As a senior at Maryland, Savage had 52 tackles, a career-high 5.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, two passes defended, and a pick-six.
Defense was a pretty clear priority for the Green Bay Packers this offseason. The team gave up 400 points this past season, firing longtime head coach Mike McCarthy along the way, and finishing in the bottom half of defensive ranks.
The top defensive back from each of the last three drafts has made at least one Pro Bowl so far. Will Savage continue that trend?