The Green Bay Packers appear interested in at least looking at outside options for a new starting center. They reportedly brought free agent offensive lineman Mike McGlynn to town this week.
McGlynn last played for the Indianapolis Colts, where he made 14 starts in 2013. He has 48 starts over the past four seasons and has played both guard and center. Of the 14 starts in 2013, three were at center.
The Packers need someone to replace last year’s starting center, Evan Dietrich-Smith, who signed with Tampa two weeks ago. The options currently on the roster are second-year man J.C. Tretter and right tackle Don Barclay, who could be changing positions with Bryan Bulaga returning to the right side.
There have been whispers around 1265 that the coaching staff wants a bigger center (EDS is 6-2, 297). McGlynn fits the bill at 6-4, 325. That doesn’t mean he’d walk into a starting role in Green Bay though. He’d have to win a competition that includes Tretter at the very least.
And before you get too excited that there’s going to be a competition, McGlynn is also drawing interest from Tennessee.
Guard Mike McGlynn said to be set to visit Tennessee, but he also visited Green Bay this week.
— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) March 26, 2014
If the Packers indeed let McGlynn leave town without a contract, it’s a good bet they’re not going to sign him. Look no further than tight end Owen Daniels, who visited the Packers early on in free agency only to leave town and never be heard from again.