According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, free-agent center Jeff Saturday has agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers.
And now, former Colts C Jeff Saturday officially has agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers. Nice Packers pickup.
Contract details were not immediately known.
UPDATE: Ralph Cindrich, Saturday’s agent, confirmed reports that the deal is for two years.
The Packers need for a center came on strong after the team lost long-time starter Scott Wells to the St. Louis Rams in free agency last Friday. While addressing the position through the draft was on option, several veteran centers remained on the free-agent market.
Saturday, a 13-year veteran of the Indianapolis Colts, was clearly the best available center left.
According to Pro Football Focus, Saturday graded out as the No. 5 overall center—just two spots below Wells—over the course of the 2011 season. While Wells allowed just two sacks, one quarterback hit and six pressures on 1,055 offensive snaps, Saturday wasn’t far behind with 2/0/9 on 1,001 snaps. Saturday also hasn’t allowed more than two sacks in a season since PFF began tracking the stat back in 2008, which is obviously important for the pass-happy Packers.
The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL All-Pro has also remained surprisingly healthy over latter portion of his career, having played all 16 games in each of the last three seasons. In total, Saturday has missed just six games since taking over as the Colts’ starting center.
Green Bay had heavy competition for the soon-to-be 37-year-old.
Packers GM Ted Thompson fended off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, who many expected to land Saturday after signing the center’s longtime quarterback early this week. Saturday also took a visit to Tennessee, where the Titans have been actively attempting to sign a free-agent center this offseason.