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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After 10 days of inactivity in free agency, the Green Bay Packers have agreed to sign longtime Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday, according to multiple internet reports. Terms of the contract are not yet known.
Saturday, a 13-year veteran after going undrafted in 1998, has played his entire career with the Colts. Nearly all of those years were spent snapping the ball to Peyton Manning. With Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, and Saturday reportedly choosing between Green Bay and Denver, it's somewhat surprising the five-time Pro Bowl selection did not pick a reunion with his former Colts teammate.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson needed to persuade the 37-year-old center that his best opportunity to win a second Super Bowl -- Saturday and the Colts won a title in 2007 -- was in Green Bay. The Packers were left with a gaping hole at center after Pro Bowler Scott Wells signed a multi-year deal with the St. Louis Rams and left the Packers with no good option to snap to NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Despite his age, Saturday has continued to have an incredibly healthy career, having missed only six total games due to injury. During the past three seasons, Saturday has started all 16 games.
Saturday, at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, is the same size as Wells. He also has extensive experience working in a no-huddle offense with Manning, who called most plays from the line of scrimmage in Indianapolis. That will be a huge help in Saturday's transition to working with Rodgers and the Packers' offense.
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AROUND THE WEB
The Colts have purged their roster of some of the all time greats, with more farewells in the works. This is the last (hopefully) of a recurring series saying farewell to Colts greats. With the signing of new center Samson Satele, it appears Jeff Saturday is gone as well. Portions of this essay originally appeared in Blue Blue: Tales of Glory of the Indianapolis Colts.
Jeff Saturday is without doubt my favorite Colt. His everyman story of struggling just to make in the NFL is inspiring. He's a good man, a father and clearly a man on great character. He's also been one whale of an offensive lineman and a leader to boot.
Nate Dunlevy tackles the tough question about Jeff's credentials for the Hall of Fame in his tweet bag:
THE END OR AN ERA
The news that the longtime Colts center has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers signifies the end of a long and successful partnership between him and Peyton Manning.
For all of those Bronco fans hoping Jeff Saturday would sign in Denver, today is not your day.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Mr. Saturday has signed with the Green Bay Packers.
Many, well most, believed that Saturday would undoubtedly sign in Denver due to the presence of Peyton Manning (It still feels weird saying that). However, the Packers are in a desperate...
Green Bay lost one Pro Bowl center but replaced him with five-time Pro Bowler Jeff Saturday. Saturday was the unsung hero of those Peyton Manning-led offenses and now he'll work with another line-of-scrimmage maestro in Aaron Rodgers.
Jeff Saturday and Robert Kraft
ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced on twitter today that former Colts All-pro center Jeff Saturday is now “Packer People.”
Looking at Saturday’s career and actions on and off the field, if such a thing a “Packer People” exists, Saturday would embody it. You may remember Saturday’s heartfelt words thanking Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft for...
While the champion New York Giants have lost more talent than they have acquired, the teams they beat to get their title have not.
The Green Bay Packers had lost only one starting player, center Scott Wells. Signing five-time Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday makes that loss negligible. Details of the deal have yet to be released.
At Saturday’s age, he is not a long-term answer. But...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Green Bay Packers have signed free agent veteran center Jeff Saturday. We don’t have the specifics of the contract a this time.
Saturday will be 37 years-old by the time the regular begins, I would think he has a year or two left, before he retires.
Saturday was contemplating whether or not he was going to sign with the Titans or possibly...
According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Denver Broncos would love to sign both center Jeff Saturday and tight end Jacob Tamme, who both played with quarterback Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. The only problem is that there are other teams that they’ll have to fight off to land both of them.
The Seattle Seahawks really want to sign Tamme, after losing John Carlson...
I can't really take credit for that headline concept (darn it!). That was more or less an ESPN line. Something to the effect that "Jeff Saturday signed Friday to play Sunday." Well done, es-pen, well done indeed.Anyway, the point of all the above is that veteran, venerable, free agent center Jeff Saturday was signed by the Green Bay Packers yesterday. He will replace...
When Peyton Manning finalized a deal to join the Broncos early this week, the general consensus was that his former teammate, center Jeff Saturday, would be following close behind him to sign up for a final run in Denver.
That notion failed to materialize today, after Saturday reached agreement with Green Bay to become their starter up front, replacing a Pro Bowl player in Scott...
The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent receiver Donnie Avery.
The move completes a frantic day of change for the Colts, who lost center Jeff Saturday to Green Bay and tight end Jacob Tamme to Denver, traded for quarterback Drew Stanton and lost offensive lineman Ryan Diem, who retired.
Avery has started 28 games and has 103 receptions for 1,308 and nine TDs since being St...
The signing of Jeff Saturday doesn't mean the Packers don't need a center, and four-year Ohio State starter Michael Brewster is one of the best in the draft.
Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football
The Packers signed free agent center Jeff Saturday this week to replace the departed Scott Wells. Yes, I said the Packers signed a free agent. A free agent that I actually heard of, nonetheless.
I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to react to this occasion. It’s been a while since Ted Thompson blew the dust off the checkbook he uses...
Just a few quick bits of information, regarding some of the recent free agent signings in the National Football League.
For starters, according to Jeff Saturday's agent, the contract he signed with the Packers is a two-year deal. This was a smart move by Packer General Manager Ted Thompson, who gives himself some long-term flexibility by signing Saturday for two seasons...