As first reported by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports:
Clifton is weighing whether to return to Green Bay or sign with a new team after receiving an offer worth approximately $5 million a year from the Packers. Clifton is hoping for somewhere closer to $7 million per season with at least $20 million in the first three years of any deal.
Clifton has played his entire 10-year career with the Packers, who are in danger of losing the two starters from the left side of their line. The Packers put only a second-round tender on restricted free agent guard Daryn Colledge, and he may receive interest from another team, multiple NFL sources said this week.
Ok, as they say in Reservoir Dogs, first things f’in last – That last part about Colledge sounds like Cole is throwing a bone to Colledge and his agent. “May receive interest” indeed.
As for Clifton, the Packers are in a hard spot. They don’t have a viable alternative on the roster. The closest thing they have is T.J. Lang, who is much better suited to play right tackle. But does that mean Thompson should pay $20 million upfront for a player you can all but guarantee will not start all 16 games in a season for as long as he remains in the league?
One thing is for sure, as big a priority left tackle was at the end of the season, it just shot to number one with a bullet of things that Ted Thompson needs to come away with from either the draft, free agency or a trade before training camp, because the solution is not readily available.