The agent of defensive lineman Letroy Guion took to social media on Monday, sharing the following:
— Thomas Kleine (@thkleine14) March 17, 2014
Guion previously played for the Minnesota Vikings the past six seasons. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Guion's deal is for one year with a base salary of $730,000, a signing bonus of $100,000 and weekly roster bonuses.
The signing of Guion signals yet another shift in the Packers' defensive plans as someone that has experience playing defensive tackle in the 4-3. While the Packers have yet to announce plans for changes to their defensive schemes, all indications are that change is in store after signing Julius Peppers.
Guion has started every game he's played the past two seasons, including 13 games in 2013 and 15 in 2012. More run stuffer than pass rusher, last year Guion had 21 tackles and one sack. His most productive season came in 2012 when he had 31 tackles and two sacks.
With the addition of Guion, it's perhaps not looking good that free agent defensive linemen Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly are re-signed by the Packers, not that the door is being closed entirely. Even if they do return, the Packers probably aren't going to want to pay much for a pair of players on the wrong side of 30.
Guion, on the other hand, is just 26 years old and will be motivated to play well on a one-year deal so he can hit unrestricted free agency next season.
Playing in the NFC North for his entire career, Guion also has a familiarity with the opponents the Packers will be facing twice per season.
Because he was also released by the Vikings, Guion will not count in the compensatory draft pick equation. The Packers still stand to receive a draft choice for losing Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency, while neither Guion nor Peppers techncially count as unrestricted free agents due to being released.
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