Who likes reunions?
The Chicago Bears will reportedly decline their team option on former Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton.
That decision, of course, will make Sitton a free agent. Much like when the Packers surprisingly cut him prior to the 2016 season.
There were all kinds of rumors as to why the Packers cut their best offensive lineman, at the time. Sitton was supposedly ticked he didn’t get a long-term deal. He had openly criticized coach Mike McCarthy, who probably has a bigger ego than anyone at 1265. Some surmised he had become a cancer in the locker room.
No real reason was ever given.
However, the Packers moved on by inserting Lane Taylor at Sitton’s left guard spot and Taylor has played well.
However, the Packers may have an opening at right guard. They plugged that hole with free agent Jahri Evans in 2017. Evans was a solid addition, but he played on a one-year contract. In addition to being a free agent, it is rumored that Evans, who will be 35 in August, may retire.
So would Sitton come back and play right guard? Would the Packers even want him?
It seems if Evans does retire or the Packers don’t re-sign him, Sitton would be a fine plug-and-play option. Probably not for a ton of money.
That said, we strongly believe Sitton and McCarthy are two guys who can’t get along. If you play for the Packers, rule No. 1 is you don’t criticize McCarthy and his touchy ego.
And now that McCarthy reports directly to president Mark Murphy and not GM Brian Gutekunst, McCarthy will have some say. Maybe more say than the GM does. No one really knows how Murphy’s new and idiotic power structure will work out.
My guess is the Packers will not bring Sitton back. And who knows if he’d even want to come back based on the way he was dispatched. But you can’t look at it as an unviable possibility.