Center Jeff Saturday was supposed to follow former Indianapolis Colts teammate Peyton Manning to Denver. So, when Saturday signed with the Green Bay Packers instead of the Broncos more than a few people were surprised.
Manning wasn’t one of them, though. Saturday said he told Manning he signed with Green Bay before he told anyone else and that he did so because the Packers wanted him more.
“Peyton is a close friend and I loved playing with him,” Saturday said. “I loved the time we spent together. It was the most difficult call I’ve ever made. I told him before anyone else that I was going to Green Bay.
“I told him I don’t think the Broncos wanted me as much as he did. They’ve got things going on that they’re happy with and are moving forward with and I didn’t think it was an exact fit. I always felt like in Green Bay I was their very first choice.”
The Packers ultimately signed Saturday to a two-year deal worth $7.75 million. He met with both coach Mike McCarthy and offensive line coach James Campen when he visited Green Bay. He even watched film with Campen.
Saturday visited Tennessee and Denver after Green Bay. The Titans, who brought in both Scott Wells and Houston’s Chris Myers before Saturday, were quickly eliminated from contention for his services and it sounds like Denver was only in the mix because of Manning.
After Wells signed with St. Louis, Saturday was the first and only free agent center to visit the Packers.
If nothing else, it’s good to know the Packers can still accomplish something on the free agent market when they want to.
So we get a 5-time Pro-Bowler for 2 years at about the same price the Rams have wells per year, seems like a pretty good deal to me.
Scott Wells’ contract is for 4 years at 24 million with 13 million guaranteed. That’s without incentives, the Rams are paying him 6 mil a year.
We are paying Jeff Saturday less than 4 mil a year.
This is another clear signal of what this offense is going to be about. More of the spread offense, more of the hurry-up, more of the shotgun. Eff the running game. Expect more games like the season ender against the Lions. Points and yards galore. Here we come.
Denver has a good, young center in J.D. Walton. Unless Manning told Saturday without a doubt he would be the starter (cause it’s Manning offensive) there was no guarantee that he would get the job. I’m guessing Manning didn’t do that.
Or couldn’t do that….I wonder if “The Sheriff” will have as much control in Denver as he did in Indy. Most of the Colts fans I know feel like Manning was the defacto Offensive Coordinator in Indy. I wonder if he will wield as much power with the Broncos? Of course, I’m sure getting rid of Tebow was part of the deal, so who knows!
J.D Walton graded out as the worst center in the league…
I love the signing of Saturday and think it’s about as perfect a signing as we could get considering the money he’s getting. Draft a center and groom him.
There is pretty much no doubt the packers will draft a centre in the mid rounds this year and if you where a young centre would there be anyone else you would want to help groom you then someone as accomplished as Jeff Saturday. I think this works for the packers on more than one level?
That’s considering Saturday has a good attitude about training someone. It is pretty obvious the Pack isn’t thinking long term about Jeff so he can’t be all that thrilled at the prospect of being used for his talent and training, then sent packing (no pun intended).
I’m just hoping Saturday will help the O-line hold a little better than in the past couple of seasons, including making the option more of an actual threat. Actually, all I hope for is Rodgers getting the kind of protection that will allow him even more time to make decisions behind center. Can you imagine A-Rodge’s numbers if he had the kind of time Tom Brady gets????