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J.C. Tretter Is Leaving Packers, Going JV

That’s junior varsity, in case you didn’t know what we were getting at that there. Former Green Bay Packers starting center J.C. Tretter is leaving to sign with the Cleveland Browns, i.e. one of the NFL’s JV teams.

Tretter got a three-year deal worth 16.75 million. That’s a little more than $5.5 million per.

We’ve boiled this down before. We all like Tretter as a player more than Corey Linsley. He’s more athletic and allows the Packers to do more in the running game. However, this is a numbers game.

The Packers are still trying to re-sign guard T.J. Lang. If they do, he will be the third high-priced starter on the offensive line, joining David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. Additionally, Linsley will make close to $2 million this season.

So as much as we like Tretter, that math just isn’t working out in any sort of way.

Plus, let’s just state the obvious. Tretter has been available for 16 games just once in his four seasons with the Packers (2015). He has just 10 career starts.

You could certainly say Tretter is a young player on the rise, but he’s also an injury risk. He’s missed 33 games to injury in his pro career.

So we’ll wish him good luck, better healthy and move on.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. PF4L March 9, 2017

    JV, i knew what that meant just from the main page…i laughed. funny thing was, my 1st impression when i heard this news earlier is….whoever signs with the Browns, winning isn’t priority #1.

    Losing Tretter does our line depth no good, this is not good news.

  2. Cheese March 9, 2017

    Without Rodgers, the Packers are a JV team as well.

  3. MJ March 9, 2017

    The Browns are amazing! They made the most hilarious trade of the year. Normally, when you get another team’s player via trade, you are expected to pay with draft picks. But these guys got the player AND a second rounder. So, yes, the Texans actually paid the Browns to take Osweiler and his lofty contract with them.

    1. PF4L March 9, 2017

      They basically bought a 2nd round pick, because chances are they will release him. But i just don’t know how much money they are on the hook for.

    2. Kato March 9, 2017

      This happens a lot in the NBA