Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee writes that Packers C Jeff Saturday is “likely to retire.”
Saturday, 37, was signed as a stop gap for the Packers after they lost Scott Wells during free agency, but he was ultimately benched in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith. Green Bay reportedly sees Dietrich-Smith as a long-term option at center, but GM Ted Thompson was seen speaking with Oregon C Kyle Long, so there’s a chance they could look to add someone during the draft.
Pro Football Focus rated Saturday as the No. 28 center out of 36 qualifying players. He offers almost nothing in terms of run-blocking, but he has put together a great NFL career and is one of the most respected players in the league. We’ll have to see if he ends up calling it quits in the coming months or returns for the final season of his current contract.
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