Well, they certainly took their time about it.
In a move that’s been expected for months, the Green Bay Packers released veteran left tackle Chad Clifton.
In 2011, Clifton was injured for most of the season, playing in only six regular-season games because of back and hamstring problems. When he was healthy, Clifton was a shell of his former self. He returned for the Packers first playoff contest and was re-inserted into the starting lineup only to be pulled for Marshall Newhouse.
Those factors, coupled with a salary north of $5 million, made this move essentially a no-brainer for the Packers.
The team released this statement.
“Chad is a great Packer and has been an integral part of our success over the past 12 seasons,” Thompson said. “He was a member of some of the most prolific offenses in team history, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. We thank Chad for all that he has given the Packers on the field and in the community and wish him and his family well.”
Clifton appeared in more than 170 games for the Packers over 12 seasons.
Sad to see Clifton go but sounds like it is his time…he got his SB ring so he has nothing to regret! He is one of the Packers all-time best lineman! Best wishes #76!
What a classy guy…..never had anything bad to say about that POS Warren Sapp’s cheap shot. I would have. Sorry to see him go.
I was in Tampa on vacation when that hit happened (not at the game, but listening on the radio at the beach); even the Buc’s announcers admonished Sapp for the late/cheap hit & the Sapp’s celebration over Clifton’s obviously injured body.
I agree, sorry to see him go.
Best of Luck to you Cliffy. Thanks for all you did for the team. Glad he got a ring!
Now lets hope Newhouse can step it up….
We don’t win Superbowl 45 with big Cliffy!! Period.
Think we’ll try to bring him back (for less, obviously) before training camp if he can pass a physical? Heard that was why they finally let him go.
This is to make salary cap room for the draft.
Congrats to a great long time Packer. He will forever be one of the most underrated left tackles to ever play the position.
Clifton in his prime made great pass rushers disappear.
Great packer he will definately be in the GB HOF
Great Packer player, great selection by a previous regime!!! He lasted a long time and should hang it up officially soon.