While the roster move is yet to be made official, several sources close tot he team are now reporting that the Green Bay Packers plan to release left tackle Chad Clifton and free up some $5.703 million off the books and give them considerably more flexibility in negotiating contract extensions with other players while also taking into account what it will cost to sign their draft picks.
Clifton, the Packers starting left tackle for the past decade, had his career as a big question mark after missing ten games and the playoffs due to a couple of injuries. He tore his hamstring early in the season and just when he was about to recover, he suffered a back injury that saw him on the pine for the remainder of 2011.
Scheduled to make $5.25 million base salary plus another $500,000 in reporting and workout bonuses, it was a sound financial move for the Packers, but one that leaves the future of their offensive line up in the air.
Marshall Newhouse or Derek Sherrod are the in-house option...