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Packers offically announce Chad Clifton’s release

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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.

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19 Responses to “Packers offically announce Chad Clifton’s release”
  1. blacknole08 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    NFL is a tough business. Wish Clifton well with the rest of his life.

  2. actiondanwi says: Apr 23, 2012 3:02 PM

    Thanks for everything, Chad. You truly put it all on the line for Green Bay.

    Can’t wait to get home and re-watch that pivotal Bears/Packers game in wk17 of 2010 where Cliffy completey took Julius Peppers out of the game.

  3. mvp43 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    So long big Lamborghini……………..

  4. gotampabay52 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    I replay the hit Sapp laid on him love watching packers hit ground Chad wben you runndown the field got to be looking or else yoy get knocked the f out

  5. houndog50 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    Thank you Cliffy for all the great years, it was great to get you a SB ring! You will always be remembered as a great warrior that fought through injuries to help the Pack. Good luck in your future endeavors!

  6. dfinpds says: Apr 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    Celebrating a player being injured by a cheap shot? That you warren?……EPIC TOOL!!!!!

  7. shaggytoodle says: Apr 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    gotampabay52 says:Apr 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    I replay the hit Sapp laid on him love watching packers hit ground Chad wben you runndown the field got to be looking or else yoy get knocked the f out
    ______________________

    If you enjoy cheap shots you should watch more NHL hockey, or a Lakers game. That would be right up your ally.

  8. emoney826 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    gotampabay52,
    Walk into a busy street today, please.

  9. maddog111 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    actiondanwi says:
    Apr 23, 2012 3:02 PM
    Thanks for everything, Chad. You truly put it all on the line for Green Bay.

    Can’t wait to get home and re-watch that pivotal Bears/Packers game in wk17 of 2010 where Cliffy completey took Julius Peppers out of the game.
    ——————————————–
    And I thought my life was boring.

  10. nmonaco22 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    ^^ yeah, watching any NFL player potentially suffer a career ending injury on a cheap shot is awesome to watch… Stay classy pal and instead of replaying the sapp hit, get a grammar textbook and study run-on sentences.

  11. axespray says: Apr 23, 2012 4:04 PM

    Dude held his own and shutout guys like Jared Allen and Julius Peppers, for the most part without any help from the TEs/or HBs.

    Glad he was a big part in us winning Superbowl 45, got himself a Ring.

  12. gotampabay52 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:08 PM

    So much fun pissing Chesseheads off your alls comebacks are so weak it makes me laugh you all need to get a life

  13. hodag54501 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    It might not be over just yet. If he isn’t picked up by another team(and with back issues, who knows) the Packers could wait and resign him at training camp time pending other developments.
    This is largely a money issue more than a back issue.
    You might see Donald Driver in the same boat, but the team won’t do anything until he’s done with Dancing With The Stars.

  14. jimmysee says: Apr 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    gotampabay52 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 4:08 PM

    So much fun pissing Chesseheads off your alls comebacks are so weak it makes me laugh you all need to get a life

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    The on-field piss-poor performance of the Bucs is all the comebacks anyone needs.

    Get a life, junior.

  15. purpleguy says: Apr 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    Good player, great draft pick, and class guy, but it was time.

  16. trapshoot says: Apr 23, 2012 7:17 PM

    It’s time, but still hate to see him go.

  17. stellarperformance says: Apr 23, 2012 11:41 PM

    Thinking of Clifton makes me think of Sapp. And I just heard Sapp was down to seeds and stems. Great! Couldn’t happen to a better guy. Maybe he’ll be carrying Clifton’s golf bag on his next job.

  18. trevor123698 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:48 AM

    So much fun pissing Chesseheads off your alls comebacks are so weak it makes me laugh you all need to get a life

    That is one of the worst comebacks I have ever seen in my internet life. You are lucky to be alive. If this was 2000 years ago you would have been dead a long time a go.

    Signed, A Milwaukee native and packer fan (not really. Hated Favre)

  19. curtissreed says: Apr 24, 2012 1:26 PM

    I can’t believe it’s been 12 seasons. Feels like yesterday Pat and I were lucky enough to grill up steaks with you and Tausch at his pad. It’s been a good run and I’m glad you got the ring you deserved. Congrats on a solid career!

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