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Daryn Colledge is headed for Arizona

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The Packers have lost one of their starters from last year’s Super Bowl.

Guard Daryn Colledge has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.  It is no surprise Colledge left town.

The good, not great starter has publicly talked about his desire for a new contract for years.  While he didn’t seem to get a ton of respect in Green Bay, he did start 76 games for the club.

He adds much-needed competence to a Cardinals offensive short on answers.  The Rams also reportedly were in the bidding for Colledge.

Colledge and wide receiver James Jones figure to be the best Packers to leave the team in free agency, although we haven’t heard anything about Jones the last two days.  The Packers are also expected to cut linebacker Nick Barnett.

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24 Responses to “Daryn Colledge is headed for Arizona”
  1. dallasfan74 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:10 AM

    Let the annual picking over the superbowl winners commence….

  2. realitypolice says: Jul 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    And Darren Arizona is headed to college.

  3. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 28, 2011 8:13 AM

    No comment until it is official or dismisseed as a bad rumor.

  4. sprinternest says: Jul 28, 2011 8:15 AM

    “Colledge and wide receiver James Jones figure to be the best Packers to leave the team in free agency”

    Cullen Jenkins might disagree.

  5. axespray says: Jul 28, 2011 8:15 AM

    Bjackson, BPoppinga, JHarrell, JJolly, probably Korey Hall and Donald Lee are probably goin’ to get cut.

  6. 4sacroc says: Jul 28, 2011 8:28 AM

    Colledge was the weakest link on that o-line. Period. Arizona will soon find this out.

  7. Chuck Wood says: Jul 28, 2011 8:31 AM

    Poppinga is stayin’… just sayin’.

  8. calloustongue says: Jul 28, 2011 8:34 AM

    I hope this works out better than the last time Ted let a starting guard walk. That being said, Colledge is probably the weakest link on said line anyway and TT wasn’t about to overpay for a mediocre ZBS lineman. Let’s not forget it was Colledge’s whiff vs Arizona in the playoffs that lead to Rodgers fumble punt. Watched this guy missed too many blocks and frustrated with the lack of a running game to the left. Good luck in Arizona Daryn and thanks for the years of service. Enjoy the desert.

  9. packerjb says: Jul 28, 2011 8:35 AM

    I think Jones has a chance to come back to Green Bay. Cullen Jenkins will be the biggest loss, but he’s looking at a huge payday from another team. The Packers were a few million under the cap with the release of Barnett so they may be able to afford to resign Jones. Of course, the Packers will be trying to free up more cap space for the future as they try to lock up Clay Mathews and Jermichael Finley.

  10. bigd9484 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:01 AM

    @ callou, because the last time Ted let guards walk, Rivera sucked one year in Dallas and retired and wahle had one good year in Carolina and is now retired. I hate how people rip that decision. It was the right one to make considering the money they were asking. Just like this situation. If James Jones, colledge, and Jenkins want to be paid like top 5 at their position, it won’t happen under Thompson’s watch.

  11. PackersHome.com says: Jul 28, 2011 9:08 AM

    Daryn Colledge is heading to the Arizona Cardinals? Son of a …. there goes the Packers chances of repeating as Super Bowl Champions.

  12. jbythebay says: Jul 28, 2011 9:09 AM

    calloustongue says:
    Jul 28, 2011 8:34 AM
    “I hope this works out better than the last time Ted let a starting guard walk. That being said, Colledge is probably the weakest link on said line anyway and TT wasn’t about to overpay for a mediocre ZBS lineman. Let’s not forget it was Colledge’s whiff vs Arizona in the playoffs that lead to Rodgers fumble punt. Watched this guy missed too many blocks and frustrated with the lack of a running game to the left. Good luck in Arizona Daryn and thanks for the years of service. Enjoy the desert.”
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    Are you talking about those two who were grossly overpaid elsewhere and out of the leauge in three years?

  13. pakrbakr76 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:10 AM

    dallasfan74:

    Let the annual picking over the superbowl winners commence….

    _________________

    They’ve already locked up the best of the best from last year, save maybe Jenkins and Jones (the latter I hope they keep)….so YA’LL can have our table scraps, Cowgirl.

  14. aaronitout says: Jul 28, 2011 9:36 AM

    calloustongue says:
    Jul 28, 2011 8:34 AM
    “I hope this works out better than the last time Ted let a starting guard walk. That being said, Colledge is probably the weakest link on said line anyway and TT wasn’t about to overpay for a mediocre ZBS lineman. Let’s not forget it was Colledge’s whiff vs Arizona in the playoffs that lead to Rodgers fumble punt. Watched this guy missed too many blocks and frustrated with the lack of a running game to the left. Good luck in Arizona Daryn and thanks for the years of service. Enjoy the desert.”

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    By whiff you must mean that Colledge (playing LG) missed the guy blitzing from the right side, essentially what would be considered the 11 position if you know anything about dline play. Colledge was the weakest link but don’t give him credit for things that weren’t his fault. Remember, if Rodgers hits Jennings earlier when he is wide open then the fumble punt doesn’t even happen.

    I’m completely ok with Colledge being let go. They could probably make due with what we have already, maybe move TJ Lang or possibly Marshall Newhouse inside? If that doesn’t work then they could try and sign someone like Leonard Davis on the cheap. Or McCarthy might go with the same idea he had for Bulaga and play Sherrod on the inside until he is ready (read as Chad Cliftons legs give out for a few games) to move outside.

    The big knock on Colledge is that he was responsible for a lot of the negative plays in the run game because of missed blocks. Remember that the guy never missed a start and the worst game he ever had as a Packer was against Jared Allen when he moved from guard to tackle and was playing on a bum ankle.

  15. voiceofrealism says: Jul 28, 2011 9:41 AM

    It should work out better this time. Colledge isn’t as good as what left last time, and the depth is better than what Sherman had in place for Thompson.

  16. packfannchitown says: Jul 28, 2011 9:50 AM

    Daryn Colledge is heading to the Arizona Cardinals? Son of a …. there goes the Packers chances of repeating as Super Bowl Champions.
    _____________________________
    Here’s hoping that was sarcasm… :)

  17. jimmysee says: Jul 28, 2011 10:07 AM

    No knocks here on Daryn. It’s sad to see the old gang break up.

    Good luck and best wishes! It must be hard, through, when you do not know who is the QB for whom you’ll be blocking!

  18. purpleguy says: Jul 28, 2011 10:09 AM

    I thought the guy played pretty dang well in the playoffs, but he seemed like kind of a whiner. If the Pack wants to maintain O-line depth, the free agent they should try and keep is Tauscher.

  19. melonnhead says: Jul 28, 2011 10:24 AM

    Typical. “Best ever” when playing for the Packers, but look at how quickly “he sucks!” when they start talking about leaving.

  20. chris6523 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:25 AM

    Pack will probably get a 4th or 5th rounder compensation for colledge next spring. Colledge was very average and extremely replaceable. I’ll be curious to see what the pack does with their guards now. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Sitton move from RG to LG. The main reason being is the best option might be to re-sign Jason Spitz and put him back at right guard where he had his best couple of seasons with the pack before the unsuccessful move to center. If it’s not Spitz, I would guess that the most likely candidate to replace would be either Lang or Nick McDonald. I don’t think they were very excited about Marshall Newhouse. The other intriguing, but remote, possibility would be trying either Bulaga or Sherrod at left guard and the other plays at right tackle.

  21. buckybadger says: Jul 28, 2011 10:34 AM

    They can have him. He wasn’t even a good starter as the article suggests. He is one of the reasons the Packers couldn’t run the ball. OK at pass blocking but at guard you have to be able to run block as well. Sitton was a beast on the other side, College is very replaceable, best of luck to him but I am not sad to see him go at all.

  22. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jul 28, 2011 10:52 AM

    “Typical. “Best ever” when playing for the Packers, but look at how quickly “he sucks!” when they start talking about leaving.”

    BS. You will not find one Packer fan that thought Colledge was the “best ever.” Not one. You won’t even find a Packer fan that thought he was Pro Bowl caliber. He was an average guard and it took him several years to even get good enough to be average. When he played tackle, he was awful (see the Vikings games last year). TJ Lang will be able to step in at LG and be every bit as average for far less money.

  23. shadowgm1 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:15 PM

    Screwing around with this guy and moving him inside really is what destroyed this guy. I think when they drafted him, he really could have been a great RT. He had some trouble on the left side (Jason Taylor’s big game against him first year vs. Miami comes to mind), but I think making this guy play inside really ruined his technique and confidence. Can’t count how many times he stepped on Favre and Rodger’s feet when pulling. Just thought he was too tall and lanky for what they were using him for. I feel bad that he didn’t end up being as successful as he should have been. Good luck to him in Arizona, maybe they’ll use him as a true RT like he should have been.

  24. stavreafavre says: Jul 28, 2011 3:51 PM

    Durable, smart, great talker and has some versatility. But really just an average pro OG as far as performance goes. Well he got a ring and now I guess he’s getting money and love – love for awhile anyway. Don’t wish him any ill will but I doubt he’ll be missed much.

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