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Jeff Saturday agrees to deal with Packers

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Jeff Saturday’s free agent tour started in Green Bay, and it will end there.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a deal between the Packers and Saturday has been completed.

The Broncos were expected to make a strong push for Saturday, who has been Peyton Manning’s center for almost all of Manning’s career, and who would represent an upgrade at center in Denver.

But the Packers need a center, too, and Saturday is a strong choice for them. The Packers rarely sign unrestricted free agents, preferring to build through the draft and focus in free agency on re-signing their own players, but after starting center Scott Wells signed with the Rams, Green Bay makes sense as Saturday’s landing place.

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  1. virger says: Mar 23, 2012 12:37 PM

    YES

  2. cannonballdookie says: Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    The Broncos aren’t going to sign any ex-Colts. They are all washed up, not sure why you guys keep hyping up Dallas Clark, he looked awful last season.

  3. caseyanthonymunoz says: Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    Congrats Jeff. You’re finally snapping to a guy who isn’t a choker come playoff time.

  4. ygkr85 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    A man with a plan (to win more championships)

  5. cmarsh64 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    Guess Saturday feels Rodgers is a better QB now and his loyalty to Peyton Manning isn’t as strong as we once thought.

  6. drblinky says: Mar 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    He’s a Jeff Saturday, even on a Sunday!

  7. kwgator says: Mar 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    Even Jeff Saturday is sick of Peyton Manning’s 7 one and done in the Playoffs

  8. bigbillsfan says: Mar 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    Packers are loading up on the 0-line, Good pickup.

  9. effedinLA says: Mar 23, 2012 12:41 PM

    Going from the best QB in the game to the best QB in the game. Good choice there Saturday.

  10. jakek2 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:42 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM
    Congrats Jeff. You’re finally snapping to a guy who isn’t a choker come playoff time.
    ————-
    Really dude? Didn’t Rodgers just become the first 15-1 team to lose at home in the playoffs???

  11. flyboy123456 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:42 PM

    Not sure if this is true, but I’m hearing that had this deal not happened many within the Packers organization were pining for the old Cub Rick Monday. Seems ridiculous to me, but nothing surprises me anymore.

  12. psuravens19 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:42 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    Congrats Jeff. You’re finally snapping to a guy who isn’t a choker come playoff time.

    ____________________________

    This is interesting… How did Rodgers do last year in the playoffs?

  13. bopar411 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:42 PM

    Wow. Color me surprised. Peyton’s hands under “Center” must’ve chapped Saturday’s a** more than any of us knew.

  14. zoxitic says: Mar 23, 2012 12:43 PM

    He must have been watching those replays of Manning yelling at him and decided F him.

  15. kidpresentable says: Mar 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    A Ted Thompson free agent signing? I’d better run and stick a thermometer in the ground.

  16. vikingsinla says: Mar 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    Aaron Rodgers must have warmer hands.

  17. snoop24 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:45 PM

    Seems to me Mr Rogers choked this past year.

  18. rpiotr01 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:45 PM

    It isn’t that hard.

    Denver = $
    Green Bay = $$$

    I’m sure Rodgers also had something to do with it. I doubt he’d chase the money if he were to be playing with a mediocre offense, but he had the option of playing center for two pretty special QBs.

  19. perrrplexed says: Mar 23, 2012 12:45 PM

    I’m not surpirsed that Wayne, Clark, Garcon, etc didnt make it a mile high…but I thought Saturday was a lock to be a Bronco

  20. marcuswelby70 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:45 PM

    Jeff is a class act, and was an above average center. Unfortunately his best days are behind him.

  21. leevi98 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:46 PM

    But isn’t he like 50?

  22. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 23, 2012 1:09 PM

    They had to make this desperation move because Wells preferred the 2-14 Rams to being in Green Bay.

  23. tuongotsriracha says: Mar 23, 2012 1:09 PM

    4 days short of the 3-year anniversary of when the Packers last signed a free agent that wasn’t theirs.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/01/packers-approach-odd-anniversary/

  24. FANof28 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:15 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM
    Congrats Jeff. You’re finally snapping to a guy who isn’t a choker come playoff time.

    —————————————-

    Well he couldn’t get them to win in last years playoffs could he? Look, Aaron Rodgers is a beast, but Peyton has done things in his career that no other quarterback has ever done. Rodgers has a ways to go still before we can say he doesn’t choke in the playoffs in his career, so far so good, but who knows what happens in the future. He’s got a superbowl, and good for him. But so does manning.

  25. phinfan says: Mar 23, 2012 1:15 PM

    Smart Move because you don’t know what can happen in Denver.

  26. garyman1 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:15 PM

    A free agent signing ????
    As Al Michael’s would say “Do you believe in Miracles ?”

  27. jimbo75025 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:15 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM
    Congrats Jeff. You’re finally snapping to a guy who isn’t a choker come playoff time.

    ___________

    And that game vs the Giants was what?

    I seem to recall that Mr Rodgers teams have been one and outs 2 out of three years.

    Lets wait for a little bit more footage to view before we start calling Mr Discount Double Check clutch in the playoffs.

  28. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:16 PM

    veteran experience is always a plus but these guys really drop off when they hit those mid thirties. probably a one year solution when they draft the center from the Badgers this year, and have him learn from a pro bowler. could actually prove to be a great tactical move.

  29. chuckyd317 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    I like how a playoff loss automatically equals a choke… the defense was terrible all year and it caught up to them againat a solid team… whats so chokey about that? No Saturday cant fix the defense but he sure is an upgrade over Evan Dietrch-Smith… great pick up in a desperately needed position…

  30. skittlesareyum says: Mar 23, 2012 1:20 PM

    snoop24 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:45 PM

    Seems to me Mr Rogers choked this past year.

    First of all, it takes more than one game to get a reputation as a choker. Or is everyone who lost to the Giants a choker?

    Second of all, while Rodgers didn’t play that well there were something like 8 dropped balls, multiple fumbles, and that inexcusable Hail Mary TD. The Packers lost, and deserved to, but it was definitely a team effort and can’t be blamed only on Rodgers.

  31. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:22 PM

    Looks like one former Colt wants a ring. Good choice Saturday. You would not have won a ring in the AFC West. You would have just got used and abused out here. Nothin comes easy in this division.

    AFC WEST = The Mother of all Football Battles.

  32. andyreidisfat says: Mar 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    This to me was a waste of money. IMO you could get equal talent in the mid rounds of the draft and pay nothing. Heck at his age you can probably get better talent.

    That green bay o line is awful and untill they fix it they will have trouble with teams that can rush the passer. It’s why an inferior team like the giants can beat green bay.

  33. packfaninchitown says: Mar 23, 2012 1:25 PM

    Clearly Saturday wanted another ring before he retires…

  34. mvp43 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:26 PM

    Good, smart pick up for the Packers. He will really be able to help that young O-line progress.

  35. vijayswearingen says: Mar 23, 2012 1:26 PM

    AH, what the!? Wow, with good young centers available through the early rounds in the draft, the Packers must be focused on picking defense in the top two rounds from the reactionary move made here. I like Jeff Saturday as a person and player…highly intelligent guy but c’mon, how often do we sign a grizzly old vet to replace a younger guy who just wanted a little more coin? This reaks of desperation but if he’s healthy, we don’t lose or gain anything at the position of need. He’s too old to be considered an upgrade but he’s still an effective, savvy player as long as he stays healthy.

    Ted likes to sign ‘his guys’ but he lost Wells and Jenkins last year and they were not that pricey to re-sign. Those two were more than worth their weight in contract dollars and they were still fairly young guys…ah well at least he did something.

    Sign Manny Lawson while you’re at it! You can release Zombo or Walden…

  36. dansyndersux says: Mar 23, 2012 1:26 PM

    No question Manning and Rodgers are elite qbs. But Green Bay has a superior team overall and Rodgers is less likely to get injured.

    If Manning does go down, I doubt Saturday would want to be playing with Brady Quinn.

  37. mpete998 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:31 PM

    Love this signing, allows the Pack to develop a guy for a season or two.

    Hope that TT is feeling okay.

  38. FANof28 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:31 PM

    Brady Quinn isn’t a bronco anymore.

  39. Chuck Wood says: Mar 23, 2012 1:33 PM

    The last time GB faced the Colts in a regular season game at Lambeau (2008)- there was a Subway convention in GB. After we handed the Colts their arse, I met Jerrod in Curley’s Pub. He was wearing a Saturday jersey. I hope this move doesn’t depress him severely. I’d hate to see him as McDonald’s new spokesperson. ;)~

  40. beedubyatoo says: Mar 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Mar 23, 2012 1:09 PM
    They had to make this desperation move because Wells preferred the 2-14 Rams to being in Green Bay.
    ————————————–
    Wells preferred a four year deal at $6 mil/yr. rather than a 4 year deal at $4 mil/yr.

  41. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    Donkies should sign Curtis Painter. So just in case Manning can’t go, they could tank for Barkley.

  42. frozeninfear says: Mar 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    We know Saturday can protect the passer. I wish we could run the ball better. It seemed to me last season we would run on first down, gain one yard and face second and nine. I hope Saturday, at his age, can still block somebody on running plays. I would have been satisfied with Evan Dietrich Smith at center but I guess his role as backup guard is more important.

  43. Little Earthquake says: Mar 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    Some of you need to get a better understanding of the term “choke.”

  44. dmarado says: Mar 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    cannonballdookie says: Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    The Broncos aren’t going to sign any ex-Colts. They are all washed up, not sure why you guys keep hyping up Dallas Clark, he looked awful last season.

    ————————————

    Two words: Curtis Painter.

  45. supermariojosh says: Mar 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    To all you numbskulls whining that the Packers could have drafted a center with equal talent – really!? You’re going to go and draft a guy with the line change/coverage recognition of Jeff Saturday as a rookie? We needed a guy to fill in for two years while the guy we draft THIS year grows into it. We’ll obviously be drafting a center – but Saturday is a good pickup in the interim.

  46. jimmysee says: Mar 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    Welcome, Jeff, to Titletown!

  47. gpearlman53 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:08 PM

    what do people think? saterday plays for just peyton manning? i think he knows he has a chance at a superbowl ring here in greenbay, and the packers need a guy like this, not the most important position, but still needed here. the guy knows his position and probably did not want to look like peytons ball boy, youknow! every annoucer and commentator was saying that all these guys are going to flock to denver, just to play with manning? i dont thinks so, you didn’t see reggie wayne wait to see where peyton was going. this all leads us to always ignore what these commentators say when it is speculation. there guess is as good as ours.

  48. puckthefatriots says: Mar 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    Anybody that gives all of the credit or blame to Quarterbacks for their “playoff records” knows nothing about football

  49. voiceofsweetness says: Mar 23, 2012 2:11 PM

    You might want to consider that this was more to do with G.B. realizing there weren’t a lot of other good options after getting spurned by Wells and Myers. That and Saturday wasn’t getting another contract after this so he probably wasn’t inclined to take a sweetheart deal to play with his buddy. There is VERY little argument if Super Bowl is what you think he want that he choose a team with a tougher division and with a worse defense.

  50. Wisconsin77 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:13 PM

    chuckyd317 says: Mar 23, 2012 1:18 PM
    I like how a playoff loss automatically equals a choke… the defense was terrible all year and it caught up to them againat a solid team… whats so chokey about that?

    Fair enough, but the Pack did finish the season 15-1 with that defense and odgers did have two turnovers that game. Funny, I never saw Favre get cut that kind of slack after the 4th and 28 debacle and the 200 yards rushing and 24 first downs the Giants put on them back in 2008.

  51. johnnyb216 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    Sort of surprised by this move. I’m sure TT did his due diligence, but its still hard for me to believe Saturday can be a high tier center. Did anybody see him play last season. I never really got a chance to watch him. Was he still effective?

  52. jeziyo247 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:21 PM

    @caseyanthonymunoz, apparently you forgot that the packers choked against the giants, one of Aaron’s worse game of the season. You’ve choked when you posted this comment because you don’t have your facts right.

  53. klunge says: Mar 23, 2012 2:23 PM

    dansyndersux says:
    Mar 23, 2012 1:26 PM
    No question Manning and Rodgers are elite qbs. But Green Bay has a superior team overall and Rodgers is less likely to get injured.

    If Manning does go down, I doubt Saturday would want to be playing with Brady Quinn.
    ————————————————–

    If Rodgers goes down he’ll have the pleasure of playing with Nick Hill or Graham Harrell. Big upgrade.

  54. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 23, 2012 2:28 PM

    Didn’t know Saturday was gay and enjoys packing fudge.

  55. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 23, 2012 2:29 PM

    Jeff Saturday is the best center since Milt Sunde.

  56. ufullpj says: Mar 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    A comment to fellow Packer fans – stop with the cheap-ass insults to Peyton Manning. The guy is one hell of a QB, and one of the best of all time.

    We’ve been blessed in GB to have Favre (the great far out-weighed the bad) and now Rodgers; making idiotic comments about Peyton Manning is downright stupid.

    We’re considered some of the best fans in the game for a reason – let’s act like it.

  57. shieldsisland37 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Great move

  58. threedeep1998 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    Haha didn’t Rodgers perform one of the bigger choke jobs in playoff history? 1nDone at 15-1

  59. jeziyo247 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    Goes to show how much you know, brady Quinn signed with the cheifs, the only QBs the broncos have on the roster now is manning and weber on the practice squad.

  60. jimmysee says: Mar 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    A veteran center can help stabilize the line. That’s why Wells was so valuable to the Packers.

    This is a win-win signing.

    Saturday can end his career in Green Bay — maybe picking up a ring — and the Packers have some breathing room to draft and work in a young center.

  61. pharvinisback says: Mar 23, 2012 2:41 PM

    WOW,,,,just ,,,WOW,,,,Can’t believe Saturday is going to let The Muppet get up behind him and put those hands in there. Don’t bitch Saturday when he cops a feel! EWWWW

  62. bearsoxass says: Mar 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    Yes sir baby……now go for Lawson.
    Welcome to the Packers family Jeff.

  63. tajmanmccray says: Mar 23, 2012 3:15 PM

    All of u making fun of Peyton and are happy Saturday chose Rodgers because Peyton apparently chokes make no sense. If I recall last season the Green Bay Packers went 15-1 in the regular season and lost at home in their first playoff game to the eventual champs. Sounds to me like Rodgers apparently “choked” just like Peyton apparently did. Just saying. The only Colts Denver was truly ever interested in was Peyton and Reggie Wayne. Reggie decided to stay put an we got Peyton. I’ll take it. We’re signing new free agents everyday cause of Peyton and players actually understand they can win in Denver now that we have a real QB. Nothing against Tebow. He did a good job for us last year but true Bronco fans and people who know football knew we was never going to win with Tebow as the QB. Even if Peyton gets hurt it was still a great pickup. We have to get another QB anyway which we probably will through the draft and he can learn from Peyton and be our future, whoever he is. If we could just get Mike Wallace and maybe Cedric Benson we will be in the Super Bowl next year.

  64. maverick5266 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    I would like to point out that around this time last year Jeff Saturday was working hard to give us our sport back, and showed us what a class act he is when he thanked Robert Kraft for all he had done despite his wife’s passing. I am really happy that a veteran probowl center is joining the Pack,
    but am just as pleased that another man of great character is on this team.

    Welcome to Titletown Jeff.

  65. switch123 says: Mar 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    OLD and over the hill. He sure looked good last year. Great pick up! lol

  66. pack15forever says: Mar 23, 2012 3:59 PM

    Way to go Pack!

  67. stavreafavre says: Mar 23, 2012 4:03 PM

    Surprised to say the least. Obviously not a long-term answer. But on the other hand the Packers have their window of opportunity right now and want to try to take advantage of every year that it’s open.

  68. rcali says: Mar 23, 2012 4:04 PM

    Well Denver did spend all their money one guy who may be able to play an entire season at a decent level.

  69. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    This is in reality a 1 yr deal until the Packers get whoever they draft a full training camp and back up role this year and a training camp next year to take over…Thompson is always looking ahead….don’t be surprised if Sampson Genus is the guy in waiting…

  70. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 23, 2012 5:23 PM

    jakek2 says: Mar 23, 2012 12:42 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM
    Congrats Jeff. You’re finally snapping to a guy who isn’t a choker come playoff time.
    ————-
    Really dude? Didn’t Rodgers just become the first 15-1 team to lose at home in the playoffs???
    _______________________
    This has happened before but I wouldn’t expect a johnny come lately fan to realize an error before posting it.

  71. trapshoot says: Mar 23, 2012 5:32 PM

    Hope he can come close to doing the job Wells did.

  72. axespray says: Mar 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    makes sense, we’re gonna be drafting defense like crazy this upcoming draft…

    Jeff and Clifton are probably stop gap solutions until the 2013 draft, then we’ll reload on Offensive line…

    Build up our lines.

  73. mnvikes7897 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:13 PM

    Used to like him, now I want him to lose. Nothing personal. I can’t believe I’d say this tho. I hate the Packets less than the Dirty Aints. Hope nobody gets hurts, just embarrassed. If I was him I’d change my name to Jeff Sunday. It’s more to live up to. NEXT YEAR WE’RE #1. In the draft that is. Still bleed purple.

  74. shavager says: Mar 23, 2012 9:08 PM

    All these Favre haters should go back and look up GB’s records from Starr’s second SB win and the arrival of Brett Favre–5 WINNING seasons in thirty years. Favre won more games than any of the QB’s that have ever played. He won more games as Packers QB than ALL the previous starters after Starr COMBINED as the Packers QB. Enough with the hate and criticism. Manning WAS a great QB, nothing yet shows he will ever achieve the level of previous play. Saturday took what he thought was the BEST deal for him–only HE knows what considerations were important to him other than money, Packers have plugged one hole with opportunity to groom a future replacement. Now, ON TO THE DEFENSE!

  75. gb4mn0 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:35 PM

    pharvinisback says:
    Mar 23, 2012 2:41 PM
    WOW,,,,just ,,,WOW,,,,Can’t believe Saturday is going to let The Muppet get up behind him and put those hands in there. Don’t bitch Saturday when he cops a feel! EWWWW

    ——————————————–

    How can the thought of that be offensive to a gender bending Helga hat wearer? I’m guessing by your screen name that you dream of a big black one.

  76. mymogsim2003 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:05 AM

    klunge says:

    If Rodgers goes down he’ll have the pleasure of playing with Nick Hill or Graham Harrell. Big upgrade.
    ____________________________________________________________

    Its really not that hard to do better than
    256 att 146 comp 1,339 yards 8 td 7 int by Brady for one. Also like to point out the Green Bay has been producing quality qb.

    Raiderlyfe510 says:

    AFC West = The Monster of all Football Battles.

    ____________________________________________________________

    Hahahahahahahaha. Lol. Lmfao.
    Raiders, Cheifs, Chargers, Broncos v.s
    Lions, Vikings, Bears, Packers

    Palmer, Cassel, Rivers, Manning v.s
    Stafford, Ponder, Cutler, Rodgers

    I’m going with the NFC North. Packers v.s Bears, Rodgers to Jennings, Cutler to Marshall, Stafford to Johnson, Ponder to Harvin, “All Day” Peterson, Matt Forte, Ryan Grant

  77. darklife41 says: Mar 25, 2012 7:59 AM

    A good center takes years to develop, and Wells is a classic case in point. He wasn’t much until the last couple years, and even then he was never much of a run blocker. He called the blocking schemes well and protected against the middle pass rush. Can’t say I’ll miss him much. But the Pack had no one to step in and replace him. They did what they needed to do in the “win now” league by signing Saturday. It’s a sound and good signing to get a veteran Center now, and work on developing one for the future. Manning? He still doesn’t have full feeling in his throwing hand. Remains to be seen if he’ll be even a shadow of what he was. Saturday’s best chance at another ring is with GB, so the decision works out well for both him and the Packers. Now to work on getting another pass rusher, and possibly another Safety depending upon what happens with Collins. :-)

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