In the wake of reports that have the Packers set to release Nick Barnett, Brandon Chillar, Justin Harrell and Brady Poppinga, perhaps a mild surprise is that little has been mentioned about Mark Tauscher.
With a base salary over $4 million, coming off an injury and his starting spot being taken over by Bryan Bulaga, it was a common thought that the Packers would cut Tauscher, or that he may retire.
And that still may be the case. None of the reported releases have been made official by the Packers in the form of a press release, so it's possible anything could still change. And for all we know, Mark Tauscher could retire later today.
But to my knowledge, he doesn't have any bonuses paid on the first day of the league year that would necessitate the Packers cutting him immediately.
Maybe either he or the team or the both of them want him to come into training camp and give it another shot. The possibility exists that they could move Bulaga to the vacant spot at left guard leaving Tauscher's old spot at right tackle available.
And because Tauscher doesn't have any immediate bonuses, he can always still retire or the Packers could cut him before the regular season starts if things still work out and still be no worse off than they are now (although I have to imagine they'll give him the dignity of retiring).
As of yesterday, teams could also restructure contracts, so there exists the possibility that Tauscher and the Packers could agree on a more team-friendly contract that would allow him to come back and compete for another season.
All these possibilities regarding Tauscher are entirely speculation, but given all the other high-profile releases, it's still noteworthy that not much has been said about the 12-year veteran offensive lineman.
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