Packers Try to Sign Top CFL Lineman, Then Shoo Him Away

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Jovan Olafioye

Jovan Olafioye

The Green Bay Packers almost made what might have been a fairly impressive signing… until they didn’t.

The Packers brought in Jovan Olafioye, who was named the top offensive lineman in the CFL in 2012, and wanted to sign him to a contract. Then their medical staff, who have really been on top of their game lately, killed the deal.

For some reason, they didn’t like the fact that Olafioye requires medication to control hypertension, even though he’s been cleared by multiple doctors.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the Packers arrived at the decision without running any tests on the 6 foot 5½ inch, 320 pounder.

The Packers ran no tests on the 25-year-old Olafioye, who started every game the last three seasons with the British Columbia Lions. Instead, they reached their decision after studying medical reports sent to them by Olafioye’s doctors.

“They’re sure I’ll be playing for somebody in the NFL this year,” said Olafioye. “That was encouraging. They said my situation is controllable but they didn’t want to take that risk. With their rules they can’t mess with my situation.”

In fairness to the Packers, the Rams signed Olafioye to a contract last offseason, but then failed him on his physical, forcing him to return to British Columbia.

Even though he has impressive size and an interesting resume, Olafioye probably would have been viewed as a developmental player in Green Bay. That being said, the offensive line obviously needs an upgrade and some added competition certainly wouldn’t have hurt.

The Packers did make one signing in that area on Friday, adding tackle/guard Kevin Hughes, who played for St. Louis in 2011 and spent part of last season on San Diego’s practice squad.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

10 Comments on "Packers Try to Sign Top CFL Lineman, Then Shoo Him Away"

  1. mxz600

    When Aaron Rodgers brings up the topic of bringing Chad Clifton back. Thats a good sign you have O line problems…..When Ted brings in a O lineman from the CFL….Thats about as much of an admission that you will get from him, that he’s let the O line go to shit……………Good to see TT recently signed Kevin Hughes from the Chargers practice squad……That should fix the O line.

  2. Shawn Iltarion

    TT is always looking for talent, which explains the impressive depth of his rosters. It means nothing.

    A-Rodge was throwing an old friend a bone, equally meaning nothing.

    Newhouse, Lang, EDS, Sitton, and Bulaga. That is your starting 5 on Week 1 barring injury. Bank on it.

  3. dannymars

    Sherrod over Newhouse. And something tells me Don Barclay is gonna be in the running to take someone’s job.

  4. mxz600

    If thats your starting 5. You can also bank on a lot of sacks. Rodgers was throwing an old friend a bone? yea, i’m sure it had nothing to do with Newhouse letting Rogers get smacked. Make no mistake about it….Mr Newhouse is NOT a starting left tackle in the NFL. Every year there are injurys on the O line, whats the depth chart look like Iltarion?…Barclay? Van Roten?…Kevin Hughes?………..Its time people admit, we have one of the worst O lines in the league. For those of you counting on 1st round pick Sherrod, being a player? Keep dreaming. The bottom line is…If TT is always looking for talent on the O line….He better start looking harder.

  5. Shawn Iltarion

    NFL Scouts and talent evaluators typically rank the Packer offensive line in the top 10 in the league. So, they don’t agree with your assessment.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/40484/179/2012-offensive-line-rankings

    The above article is from prior to the start of this season. You’ll see Evan Silva actually ranks the Packers’ O-line #1 in the NFL.

    Now, we know that’s not the case, but the point is that people who get paid to know football seem to think our O-line isn’t that bad.

    Don’t know if you’ve noticed the past couple years, but Marshall Newhouse IS a starting left tackle. He faced Jared Allen and Aldon Smith in the playoffs and gave up one sack. That was to Allen when Rodgers tried to run when he didn’t need to and ran right into Allen, who Newhouse had blocked to the inside.

    Yeah, depth looks fine. Barclay held up alright. And with Van Roten with some game time and Sherrod coming back from injury, the depth looks better than ever.

    Like I said, this discussion is all a waste of time. The O-line is set for next year whether we like it or not.

  6. mxz600

    Thats a nice post Iltarion..sweet….Just because Newhouse started at left tackle, doesnt mean he IS a starting left tackle…What it means is, they had no better option. Its no big secret Barclay is the worst pass blocker when you look at sacks per plays, followed closely by Lang and Marshall. PFF.Com ranked 54th among left tackles…To you that’s a serviceable starter in the NFL? ….The left side of the line is extremely weak, i believe Lang would play better when they could get a left tackle who could hold his own. I dont know if you noticed it Iltarian, but the offensive line is always getting pushed back into Rodgers. But you seem to think Rogers holds onto the ball too long. Blame the inept line on Rogers, thats a good idea……truth be told, Its Rogers great play and footwork, that have kept the attention off of an inept O line.

  7. mxz600

    Those “experts” you mentioned evaluating the O line Iltarian….base most of their score for the O line on the production of the passing game. Thats why they ranked higher. Dont talk like the offensive line makes Rogers “look good”. Its clearly the other way around.

  8. mxz600

    And what has Sherrod done, to earn your faith as quality “depth”?…When he was healthy, he couldnt beat out Newhouse, who is horrible. When he did get a chance to play, he looked lost and slow footed. Then he broke his leg…which according to the Packers crack medical staff, takes years to heal. pretty impressive stuff for a 1st round pick. Greg Von Roten?…You kidding me?….he’s done what in the NFL?…………..I guess Iltarian thinks a team has depth at a position, if their signed to a contract.

  9. mxz600

    You’ll see Evan Silva actually ranks the Packers’ O-line #1 in the NFL…………….he didnt “rank” them #1…he projected them #1…..read his disclaimer…..he obviously…was way wrong.

  10. mxz600

    Football outsiders ranks the Packers O line 25th in rushing, and 31st in passing…..A site that actually has some science in evaluating…End of story.

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