The Packers sent out a statement confirming tackle Chad Clifton’s release on Monday afternoon.
As reported earlier, Clifton failed a physical after back surgery leading to his release from the team. Clifton spent 12 years with the team and trails only Forrest Gregg on the franchise list for most games played by an offensive tackle.
“Chad is a great Packer and has been an integral part of our success over the past 12 seasons,” General Manager Ted Thompson said in the statement. “He was a member of some of the most prolific offenses in team history, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. We thank Chad for all that he has given the Packers on the field and in the community and wish him and his family well.”
The salary cap spaced saved by releasing Clifton — just over $5.7 million — should be enough for the Packers to sign all of their draft picks.