Packers Remain in the Hunt for Free Agent C Jeff Saturday

The Packers are a finalist to sign free agent center Jeff Saturday, according to Jason La Canfora.

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.

 

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Bearmeat's picture

March 22, 2012 at 08:33 pm

I'd be shocked if this happened. Saturday will be a member of the Peyton Manning's by Saturday...

and btw Zach - I say this post on BSPN's NFCN blog. It's about the Lions signing Tulloch to a multi year, high $$ deal. I read his bio and stats - he sounds a lot like an older version of DJ Smith to me.

It would be soooo nice if DJ was the one to replace Hawk next year... might be worth a look/post?

Just a thought...

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PkrNboro's picture

March 22, 2012 at 08:57 pm

Hawk will have a breakout year !

lighter, quicker -- without all that hair.

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Bearmeat's picture

March 22, 2012 at 09:46 pm

uh.. not likely. I wish it was so. But let's face facts here. Hawk is nothing more than a below average ILB.

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PkrNboro's picture

March 22, 2012 at 09:54 pm

I'm being sarcastic!

WTF?
Don't you know me by now? ;)

(Where's Lebowski when I need him ?????)

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Bearmeat's picture

March 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

ah.. gotcha.... nice ;)

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Evan's picture

March 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Make it happen!

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AJKUHN's picture

March 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

We might be able to pull this off considering how much money Denver dropped on Manning. A strong offer, combined with a descent chance at a Super Bowl may bring him in. Then, with a rookie drafted, the Pack would be back in good shape O line wise. Besides, there is no left over Tebow smell in GB.

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PkrNboro's picture

March 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

It.
Will.
Not.
Happen!

EDS, then Genus.

We.
Don't.
Need.
Some.
Sloppy.
Manning-fondled.
Center.
On.
Our.
Team!

(I'm Ted Thompson, and I approved this message!)

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dawg's picture

March 23, 2012 at 02:47 am

Yep =
He
Just
Playin
us
for
leverage
$$$

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Stanislaw's picture

March 23, 2012 at 04:34 am

+1

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 23, 2012 at 07:10 am

Chemistry between the QB and center does matter - you don't usually see problems at the NFL level at the snap unless a reserve center or a reserve QB comes into a game. I can't see why Saturday would not want to go back to playing with Manning. And I can't see why the Packers would significantly outbid the Broncos for a 37-year-old stop-gap.

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Dave's picture

March 23, 2012 at 08:19 am

The way things are going, TT is going to have to fill as many as 4 starters in the draft at the 28 spot. Are Collins and Sherrod going to be available? Wells is gone. Neal is gone for 4 games before he gets injured again. We need an OLB. We've lost a number of FA's. Granted that, other than Wells, they aren't starters. Still, the roster spots are now open. What about Clifton and Driver? TT is going to have to have one of the greatest drafts in history to fill all the holes. I don't think it's going to happen. He needs to sign some veterans who can start. Saturday is a good start.

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PackerFan4Life's picture

March 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

Adam Schefter
Former Colts C Jeff Saturday is close to agreeing to a deal with the Packers. "Not done, but very likely," said source familiar with deal.

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PackerFan4Life's picture

March 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

Adam Schefter
And now, former Colts C Jeff Saturday officially has agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers. Nice Packers pickup.

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Evan's picture

March 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

Done deal. Boom! Love it.

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