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Packers Daily Links: Jeff Saturday Mulling Retirement

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.

Other Senior Bowl tidbits from Dunne include a Q&A session with former Packers executive Reggie McKenzie, a video of some prospects and an interview with CineSport.

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.

Two items at AllGreenBayPackers.com touch on Aaron Rodgers' leadership and the potential of Greg Jennings leaving Green Bay.

Fox Sports Wisconsin takes a look at the future of Charles Woodson and yep, a picture of Colin Kaepernick in a Packers jersey when he was young.

Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay has a report on running back Cedric Benson being charged with several recent violations...

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 carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Evan's picture

Brian - Is there a cap hit if the Packers release Saturday? I assume there isn't one if he just retires, correct?

Brian Carriveau's picture

I'm going to make it one of my goals how to calculate a cap hit. That's a fancy way of saying, I don't know. But I seriously would like to learn.

Evan's picture

Jeez. If you don't fully understand how NFL contracts work, what hope do I ever have??

Say what you will about MLB's salary structure, their contracts are easy to understand.

Brian Carriveau's picture

I think signing bonuses count against the salary cap for the length of the contract, no matter when a player is cut. I don't know if that applies to other bonuses or not, or just signing bonuses. So that's one thing I'm unsure of.

CSS's picture

I don't know about the cap hit upon release, but this is an interesting resource pertaining to contracts and how the money is distributed:

http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/green-bay-packers/jeff-saturday/

Evan's picture

Is that saying cutting Saturday would result in a 3.75 million cap hit??

Here's hoping he retires.

CSS's picture

No. That's where it gets fuzzy for me. The Packers are only on the hook for guaranteed money, including any bonus that would be prorated to future years. I like the site due to the contract details, I still don't know cap hits after cutting a player where guaranteed money is involved.

Evan's picture

STOP THE PRESSES! WE'RE GETTING REVIS!?

JK

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