Right out of left field, Big Ted comes in to defy all logic once again! There are several reports that the Green Bay Packers will release Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton if they cannot trade him.
Sitton is a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time second-team All Pro. He played with the first team throughout training camp, so there was no indication Sitton was even falling down the depth chart, much less off the team.
Sitton clearly played below his standards in 2015, when the offensive line as a whole was bad. He, along with three other starters, were going to be free agents after the season. We knew the Packers couldn’t re-sign all four guys and it looks like they’re getting a jump start on prioritizing those free agent linemen.
What now for the Packers?
The backup guards are Lane Taylor and Don Barclay, assuming both are still on the roster at the end of the day. A more likely scenario might involve the return of center Corey Linsley, who has been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp opened.
Although J.C. Tretter was named the starter at center, the Packers could insert Linsley back into the lineup if he’s healthy and play Tretter at guard.
Second-round pick Jason Spriggs, a left tackle, could also be an option.
The plan as of now, however, remains unknown.