Speaking on Sportscenter Monday, amidst the breaking news that Peyton Manning had picked the Denver Broncos as his next NFL team, ESPN insider Adam Schefter dropped a free-agent nugget regarding the Green Bay Packers.
According to Schefter, the Packers had scheduled a visit for former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday. Those plans may be on hold with Manning nearing a deal with Denver, as the Broncos are now expected to bring Saturday with Manning as a package deal.
The Packers are likely to target a center—either in free agency or the NFL draft—after losing veteran center Scott Wells to the St. Louis Rams last Friday. A scheduled visit with Saturday may signal that GM Ted Thompson is looking for a veteran to plug in next season.
Saturday, who started 188 games over 13 seasons with the Colts, is an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team.
Despite turning 36 years old, Saturday still put together a starting-quality season in 2011. According to Pro Football Focus, Saturday rated as the No. 5 overall center last season after allowing just two sacks and nine quarterback pressures on over 1,000 offensive snaps.
Other veteran free-agent centers available: Dan Koppen, Todd McClure, Samson Satele, Jeff Faine, Andre Gurode, Jamaal Jackson and Casey Wiegmann.