Ah, good. Another season will start with someone on the Green Bay Packers suspended for drugs. Defensive lineman Letroy Guion is the culprit this time around.
He joins a growing list of Packers who can’t seem to keep their drug use in check (or at least not get caught): Mike Pennel (twice), Datone Jones, Demetri Goodson, Letroy Guion (another time), Mike Neal. Geronimo Allison and former Packer Sam Shields will likely be joining this list soon, as both were caught with weed, last year.
And while Guion was suspended for weed the first time around, he’s now upped his game to performance-enhancing drugs. He’ll sit for the first four games of the regular season as a result. It looks like the Packers are using the suspension as an excuse to restructure the final two years of Guion’s contract.
According to a source, Guion and the team have agreed to restructure the remaining two years left on the three-year, $11.25 million contract. Guion had separate roster bonuses of $400,000 due later this week and on May 2, but it’s likely those have been delayed until after the suspension.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that will offer the organization much salary-cap relief. It’s probably more of an availability clause — if you stop screwing up, we’ll pay you.
The good news for Guion is it appears the Packers won’t be cutting him like they did Pennel.
They probably couldn’t if they wanted to, at this point.
The defensive line is short on experienced bodies, so add another position of need to the defense. Surely, the Packers expect 2016 first-round pick Kenny Clark to make significant progress in year two, but as we know, that doesn’t always happen. Just look at Datone Jones or Nick Perry. Hell, you can throw Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in there as well.
Ironically, for a guy who was juicing (or whatever), you’d think Guion would have had better numbers last season. He had 30 tackles, no sacks and knocked down just one pass.