Originally written on Packer Update  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Packers welcomed back a familar face on Friday

The signing of five-time Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday was the big news on Friday, but he wasn’t the only veteran added to the Packers roster. GM Ted Thompson also announced the acquisition of Daniel Muir. If that names sounds familiar, it should. The 28-year-old defensive lineman began his career with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Muir played in three games that season before being waived the next summer. He then spent three-plus years with the Colts before being cut last November.

The former Kent State star started 26 games for the Colts, but he wasn’t signed by the Packers to play a prominent role on defense. He was brought back to add experienced depth along the line. In a perfect world, Muir will provide next season what Howard Green provided for the past season and a half – a big body who could eat up some snaps at both nose tackle and defensive end. Green is a currently a free agent, and considering his age (33), salary (minimum of $925,000) and lackluster play in 2011, it’s easy to see why Thompson is looking for a potential replacement.

I haven’t seen much of Muir since he left Green Bay, but here’s what I wrote about him in the summer of ’07: “The kid has some potential. He’s blessed with good size and a feel for the game. He’s active and fairly agile. He flattens down the line and pursues hard. The game seems to matter to him. Unfortunately, he’s not strong in the upper body and does not play with power or pop in his hands. He needs to do a better job shedding blockers and disengaging. He shows little potential as a pass rusher.” Maybe Muir has gotten better since then, but I’m guessing this analysis is still fairly accurate. Not excited? Hey, what exactly can you expect from a guy signed off the street for the league minimum?

What the Packers expect, make that hope, is that Muir’s homecoming will be as sweet as Charlie Peprah’s was in 2010. The journeyman safety was also brought back by Thompson after being dumped by another team and then languishing on the street for weeks. All Peprah did was start 11 games, including the Super Bowl, and enjoy the best season of his career. The parallels between the two players are striking. Here’s hoping they continue through next February.


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