Despite visits to both the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, free-agent center Jeff Saturday remains very much in play for the Green Bay Packers.
According to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, Saturday “is mulling all three options as of now” after “good visits” to both Tennessee and Green Bay. The Broncos also remain very interested in signing Saturday.
The Broncos have met with two of Peyton Manning’s former teammates, TE Jacob Tamme and C Jeff Saturday, and have interest in signing both, league sources said. But other clubs are pursuing them hard as well.
…Saturday had good visits with the Packers and the Titans — teams that are in need of a starting center — and is mulling all three options as of now, according to a league source.
The Packers lost long-time center Scott Wells to the St. Louis Rams last Friday and have limited options on the current roster to replace him internally. While the draft remains one avenue, signing a veteran stop-gap may be the Packers’ best option until the team feels comfortable inserting a young center into the starting lineup.
No free-agent option is more appealing than Saturday, who ranks as one of the top centers of the last decade and finished 2011 as Pro Football Focus’ No. 5 overall center.
Unless we hear differently, however, the Broncos still have to considered the current favorite to land Saturday. The connection with Manning is hard to ignore, especially for a veteran player who knows no other quarterback and is on his last legs in the NFL.
But the fact that Green Bay remains in the hunt should be an encouraging sign, and it’s clear that the Packers have a serious interest in bringing in the 37-year-old. We’ll keep you updated as the Packers’ pursuit of Saturday continues.