The Green Bay Packers signed veteran center Jeff Saturday shortly after long-term starter Scott Wells bolted to St. Louis in free agency, but it appears as if the team still has an interest in re-stocking the position by any means necessary.
According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the Packers remain on the radar for former Rams and current free-agent center Jason Brown.
Free agent G/C Jason Brown mulling options. Visited CAR and SF; BAL, GB, TENN also interested. BAL made a conservative 1yr offer
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 13, 2012
The 28-year-old center was released by the Rams after starting 46 of the last 48 games in St. Louis. Brown was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, eventually making 45 starts over four years.
After emerging as a solid player in St. Louis, the Rams gave Brown a five-year, $37.5 million deal in 2009. Just two years into that deal, St. Louis was ready to show Brown the door, saving almost $3 million in cap room in the process for next season. It was likely an easy decision, as Brown was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Tony Wragge towards the end of the 2011 season.
The interest from other teams makes it seem unlikely that Green Bay would get serious about signing Brown, especially after the miserable run he’s suffered through the last two years.
According to Pro Football Focus, Brown ranked as the No. 22 overall center over 584 snaps last season. But that eclipsed his 32nd ranked finish to the 2010 season, in which Brown was one of the worst run-blocking centers PFF has ever graded in five seasons.
While Brown likely won’t land in Green Bay, the team’s continued interest in players at the position further suggests GM Ted Thompson will use a pick or two on the interior offensive line in a couple of weeks at the NFL draft.