Green Bay Packers Sign C Jeff Saturday

By Michael Terrill

The Green Bay Packers signed former Indianapolis Colts great Jeff Saturday to replace veteran center Scott Wells who departed to the St. Louis Rams via free agency.

This is a solid move for the Packers who desperately needed a veteran leader on the offensive line after losing Wells. Green Bay scheduled a meeting with Saturday earlier this week but after Peyton Manning reportedly signed with the Denver Broncos, many media outlets had the former teammates playing together out west.

Apparently, that will not be the case as Saturday has already signed a contract for an undisclosed amount in Green Bay. It was reported that the meeting between Saturday and the Packers went exceptionally well. The 36-year-old center had dinner with head coach Mike McCarthy and met other people in the organization during his visit.

Saturday liked what he saw in Green Bay and reportedly received a better offer from the Packers than he did from the Broncos and Tennessee Titans. He will be an asset in several areas for the young team as he is capable of calling the correct line formations as well as a veteran leader in the locker room with plenty of postseason experience under his belt.

It was crucial for the Packers to acquire a talented center to help with the relatively young line as well as protect MVP Aaron Rodgers. Saturday will probably be most valuable as Green Bay continues to run their impressive no-huddle attack during games. He will able to yell out the right calls in a timely manner to force the rest of the offensive line to keep up with him.

I personally believe this is an excellent acquisition on the part of general manger Ted Thompson. I have been hoping for the Packers to sign Saturday all off-season because I truly believe he will improve the offense. Saturday has been one of the best centers for over the past decade and it will be a privilege to watch him play for Green Bay. Packer fans should be ecstatic with this signing as Green Bay’s front office continues to improve the team to make another Super Bowl run in 2012-13.

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