Offensive lineman Don Barclay made it official on Thursday.
The restricted free agent guaranteed his return to the Green Bay Packers for 2015 by signing his tender. That will get him $1.542 million for this season.
Barclay has been a fill-in starter for the Packers, starting 18 games in his first two NFL seasons. He didn’t play in any in 2014, however.
Barclay tore his ACL during the preseason and didn’t play a down in 2014.
It was a largely a foregone conclusion that he’d be back because of the injury.
The Packers consider Barclay their top backup offensive lineman.
As well they should.
He’s performed as well, if not better than, right tackle Bryan Bulaga at times. Had the injury not occurred, Barclay may have pushed for a starting spot somewhere on the offensive line last year.
As it is, he’s set to be the top backup on one of the top offensive lines in the league.
If he proves he’s fully recovered from the ACL, that probably gets him a starting job with another club in 2016.