While at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, center Jeff Saturday informed the media that he will make a decision regarding his potential retirement after Sunday’s game. Saturday said he’ll sit down with his family and come to a conclusion. “Even if he decides to play another season, it won’t be with the Packers, who are expected to release Saturday,” writes Andy Fenelon of NFL.com. “He’s scheduled to make $1.35 million in salary in 2013 and is due a $1.4 million roster bonus. Saturday also has a total of $1 million in per-game roster bonuses.” The Packers are most likely thankful for Saturday’s contributions in 2012, but they have to move on at the center position whether it’s with Evan Dietrich-Smith or another player, perhaps a draft choice.
While at the Senior Bowl practices in Alabama, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Packers met with Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton this week. “It should come as no surprise that the 6-foot, 202-pounder was one of the Senior Bowl standouts this week in Mobile. With the expected departure of Greg Jennings and Donald Driver – and an outside chance Jermichael Finley is gone, too – the Packers are likely on the hunt for a receiver.” Patton seems to fit the mold of what the Packers may be looking for in a wide receiver. We’ll find out come April.
If it’s true that Donald Driver’s time as a Packers has come to a close, Bill Huber of Packer Report lists a few landing places where Driver could end up. “After catching just eight passes this season, he told Packer Report that he had no doubt he could contribute – whether it was for the Packers or another team,” writes Huber. “His hometown of Houston could use another receiver. So could Miami, where former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is head coach, and Dallas, where former Packers receivers coach Jimmy Robinson is on the Cowboys staff.” Driver is reportedly leaning toward retiring, but nothing official has been said as of yet.
Linebacker Clay Matthews will be working as a television analyst during the Super Bowl. “CBS Sports announced Matthews’ addition Thursday as a contributing analyst on the CBS Television Network’s Super Bowl pre-game show, The Super Bowl Today, on Feb. 3,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “CBS Sports chairman and executive producer Sean McManus called Matthews ‘a natural pick for us’ in making the announcement.” Matthews might be working as a Super Bowl analyst, but his teammate Aaron Rodgers who had a tiff with CBS this season, most certainly will not.
Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. sends his postcard from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii to the Packers official website.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.