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Packers release Kirksey, Wagner to save cap space

The two veterans will save the Packers about 10 million dollars in salary cap space.
Posted at 3:42 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 23:34:43-05

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — The Green Bay Packers have released ILB Christian Kirksey and OT Rick Wagner, the team announced Friday afternoon.

The moves will save the Packers about $10 million dollars in salary cap space. Green Bay will still have to shed about $10 million more to get down to the expected cap number of $180 million.

Kirksey started 11 games last season and was second on the Packers in tackles with 78.

Wagner - a Wisconsin native and former Wisconsin Badger - appeared in all 16 games for the Packers, including nine starts at right tackle. He helped a Packers offensive line that allowed only 21 sacks in the regular season, which was the second best in the league. However, Wagner struggled in the NFC Championship as Green Bay allowed five sacks in its loss to the Buccaneers.