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Packers will release Chad Clifton

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The speculation about tackle Chad Clifton’s future with the Packers can come to an end.

The Packers will release Clifton on Monday, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN. Clifton, who had back surgery this offseason after playing just six games in 2011, failed a physical and, per Schefter, is uncertain that he will ever play again.

Coach Mike McCarthy has said several times this offseason that Clifton remained in the team’s plans, but that was obviously contingent on his ability to get on the field for the team. Clifton was set to make $5.75 million this season, money that the Packers can now use to bolster the roster.

As of now, Marshall Newhouse would seem to be the first option to replace Clifton at left tackle. He started 13 games last season in place of both Clifton and right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Derek Sherrod is also a possibility, although he played just five games as a rookie.

Clifton started 160 games for the Packers after they made him a second round pick in 2000. He made two Pro Bowls and was a key part of the Super Bowl XLV winners.

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57 Responses to “Packers will release Chad Clifton”
  1. mnpackersfan says: Apr 23, 2012 11:44 AM

    Thanks for your contribution to the Pack, Cliff. You will be missed! Let’s hope the Packers chose right last year with Sherrod!

  2. purpwalk says: Apr 23, 2012 11:46 AM

    *insert snarky packer decline comment here*

  3. lionfan419 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    come to Detroit as a rotational backup please.

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    A true Packer stalwart. I wish him a pain-free retirement.

  5. nineroutsider says: Apr 23, 2012 11:49 AM

    Better draft some lineman or Aaron will have concussion problems this year again…

  6. jonasgrumbyoftx says: Apr 23, 2012 11:49 AM

    Thank you, Chad.

    We wish you the best.

  7. bluestree says: Apr 23, 2012 11:49 AM

    Great Packer, great pro. The Legend of Chad Clifton will live on. Along with Forrest Gregg, one of the all time Packer O line great.

  8. binkystevens says: Apr 23, 2012 11:55 AM

    Tough to see him go – what a player he’s been. Did an amazing job protecting Favre and Rodgers over the years. An almost certain future member of the Packers Hall of Fame.

  9. theslex says: Apr 23, 2012 11:55 AM

    That’s a shame. Chad’s always been a class act. Keeps his head down, mouth shut and executes.

    It was a crime what that piece of trash Warren Sapp did to him in 2002. Thankfully he soldiered on long enough to win a ring. We wouldn’t have won XLV without him.

  10. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:58 AM

    Not like anything that Green Bay does matters, they are gonna finish 3rd in their division behind Lions and Bears.

  11. kidpresentable says: Apr 23, 2012 12:00 PM

    With Clifton at LT for the bulk of the time, Favre didn’t miss a game from from Clifton’s arrival as a starter in 2000 until Favre’s departure following the 2007 season. Rodgers missed one game from injury in 2010 – a concussion suffered after he scrambled downfield. Offensive lineman often get screwed over when it comes to HOF consideration, but Clifton had a good run.

  12. irishgary says: Apr 23, 2012 12:04 PM

    @dwntwnbadboy19

    We finished behind the Bears two years ago in the regular season. How did that turn out?

  13. kidpresentable says: Apr 23, 2012 12:05 PM

    “Better draft some lineman or Aaron will have concussion problems this year again…”

    Would it kill you to do some research? Take a look at their last few drafts. They should be alright.

  14. nineroutsider says: Apr 23, 2012 12:09 PM

    @theslex says: Apr 23, 2012 11:55 AM

    “It was a crime what that piece of trash Warren Sapp did to him in 2002. Thankfully he soldiered on long enough to win a ring. We wouldn’t have won XLV without him.”
    ——————————————
    Good point, I saw that happen live and thought it was one of the dirtiest, most unnecessary hits I’ve ever seen. When I think about what that put Clifton through it makes me smile that Sapp is having a very rough go of it lately.

  15. mdanks92 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:11 PM

    One of the top prototype left tackles of the decade. Also maybe the best left tackle for the packers all time. A very productive career. If we can get a tackle to match half his career we will be lucky.

  16. mvp43 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:12 PM

    He was as solid as they come ……..no go and kick Warren Sapp’s arse!

  17. majikwen says: Apr 23, 2012 12:13 PM

    Best pass blocking LT of this generation !! should be HOFer

  18. Matt says: Apr 23, 2012 12:13 PM

    How soon can the Raiders move Veldheer to RT?

  19. rexismybff says: Apr 23, 2012 12:14 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says:
    Apr 23, 2012 11:48 AM
    A true Packer stalwart. I wish him a pain-free retirement.

    ========================

    I wish him that as well. But I think we all know that for retired NFL Linemen, there is about a 110% chance of pain and multiple surgeries post-retirement.

    When my own son wanted to go into football, I told him the brutal truth: “If you are any good, even at a high school level, you can probably look forward to a lifetime of knee and back surgeries. Have you thought about golf or tennis?”

    Too bad, it’s such a great sport to watch, such an amazingly fun sport to play, but such a horrible torture for so many of the guys who play at the high levels.

  20. djeg07 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:14 PM

    what does warren sapp have to say? does mike sherman need to call him out one last time. should make for an interesting reunion if clifton joins nfl network or wherever sapp is moving to.

  21. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:19 PM

    Sorry to Minnesota fans, they will finish ahead of Packers too, so i guess 4th in the division, BOOK IT!

  22. emoney826 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:21 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19,
    What dream world are you living in? The packers are still in their prime with the current roster. I’m assuming you’re a lions fan because in one year, you fans have somehow grown testicles. You were swept last year and will more than likely be swept again this year. You have a great wide receiver and a qb who has played through ONE full season so far in his career. That offense still can’t keep up with the packers dominating offense. Maybe in a few years, after they’ve proved something, you might have something to standon, but until then, keep your ignorant comments to yourself.

  23. pack15forever says: Apr 23, 2012 12:21 PM

    Thanks Chad for all the wonderful moments you gave us Packer fans. May you have a wonderful retirement!

  24. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 23, 2012 12:23 PM

    Guys like this don’t come around often. Protected Favre, produced a title. Everything we thought Tony Boseli could become 18 years ago. :)

    Get this guy a gold jacket. Favre should buy him a gold tractor for his retirement.

  25. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    I too assume that (like most NFL linemen) Clifton will not have a pain free retirement.

    BUT I do hope that he has a financially comfortable retirement and he takes some satisfaction that the guy who delivered the dirtiest hit I ever saw is now a laughing stock.

    Clifton retires and is remembered as a class act while Sapp will be soon remembered only once a year. That will be during Super Bowl week when he gets continually passed over in Hall of Fame voting for being a world class assclown.

  26. zn0rseman says: Apr 23, 2012 12:34 PM

    theslex says:
    Apr 23, 2012 11:55 AM
    That’s a shame. Chad’s always been a class act. Keeps his head down, mouth shut and executes.

    It was a crime what that piece of trash Warren Sapp did to him in 2002. Thankfully he soldiered on long enough to win a ring. We wouldn’t have won XLV without him.
    ————————-

    I’m a Vikings fan and I think ALL football fans should be outraged that Sapp did something that atrocious, was not punished, and now is employed by NFL Network.

    Sapp is a classic case of what is ultimately wrong with the NFL. Well, I mean besides the officiating.

  27. brewcrewfan54 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:37 PM

    Not real surprised by this news. Good luck in life after football Chad! You were one of the best of your era.

  28. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    @emoney826

    No i am not a lion fan, i just think Green Bay kinda sucks compared to any team in that division. Go check your win book, and see your winning % against teams that are not in re-build mode, i can’t stand “Packer Nation”, you fluked off a superbowl after Favre left, kinda like the NHL oilers did after 99 left, live your packer dream all ya want, but reality says that packers are not going to be in a superbowl for 20 years.

  29. rayguyreturns says: Apr 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    Always have to admire a guy that gave it all on every play, especially without the usual drama that follows most of the high profile players.

    Hats off to a fine lineman and teammate for the Packers.

    We could use about 1000 more of these type of guys in the NFL right now.

    Chad, if you feel up to it, feel free to come “kick the tires” out west for awhile.

  30. darthhitman77 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:50 PM

    From a Lions fan I wish ya the best Cliff…got my respect

  31. emoney826 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:51 PM

    How can anyone take you serious when you say the packers will finish last in the division? You’re just a bitter, jealous chimp who is clueless about football. How was their super bowl a fluke? They won 3 ROAD playoff games and beat the Steelers in the super bowl. Explain the fluke there. They won 15 games this past year, led by the MVP. Explain the fluke there. Does that mean the giants are a fluke too? They barely made it in the playoffs too. Explain the fluke. Back up your facts before running your mouth. Were you a Favre fan and that’s why you have so much hatred? If so, get over it!

  32. lbpackfan says: Apr 23, 2012 12:51 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19 –

    Your last comment @ emoney826 is quite possibly the dumbest thing anyone has ever posted on here. Period.

    How does a team that goes 15-1…wins their division by 5 games…goes 6-0 vs them “kinda sucked compared to any team in that division”????

    Do explain…this should be entertaining to read…

  33. jimthebuilder27 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:53 PM

    Class act, always gave his best effort! Thanks for everything Chad!

  34. darthhitman77 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:54 PM

    emoney826 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:21 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19,
    What dream world are you living in? The packers are still in their prime with the current roster. I’m assuming you’re a lions fan because in one year, you fans have somehow grown testicles. You were swept last year and will more than likely be swept again this year. You have a great wide receiver and a qb who has played through ONE full season so far in his career. That offense still can’t keep up with the packers dominating offense. Maybe in a few years, after they’ve proved something, you might have something to standon, but until then, keep your ignorant comments to yourself.

    FOOL, Bears will be better but the division is tween the packers and Lions. Your offense is better than ours? Let’s see, our run game is unproven while yours is proven to be nowhere to be found. We BOTH got blown out in the playoffs, the difference being we were on the orad while you was at home all while in our case, unlike you, it wasn’t due to lack of points. Keep YO0UR ignraorant a $$ comments to YOURSELF…dayum fool

  35. dd393 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:54 PM

    Chad Clifton is a class act who will be a Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame member. And as far as the cheap shot from Warren Sapp, well, how’s Sapp doing these days?

  36. kiefs85 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:58 PM

    15-1 teams in the NFL don’t “kinda suck”. They also aren’t considered a “fluke” posting that record after winning the Super Bowl the year before. Your jealousy is unhealthy, friend.

  37. brewcrewfan54 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:59 PM

    If winning that Super Bowl was a fluke I hope the Packers are a fluke again this year, next year and the season after that and the season after that……etc.

  38. 305phinphan says: Apr 23, 2012 12:59 PM

    I can see coach Philbin going after Chad since the Dolphins having a glaring need at RT. An injured Chad is still 10x better than a Marc Colombo.

  39. mungman69 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:01 PM

    Age + injuries, they get all the players.

  40. mnomalley says: Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    The Packers are in trouble. Clifton couldn’t even stop Jared Allen, and now they’re going to use a back up on him?? Good luck

  41. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    @irishgary

    Holy f#$k i don’t even want to know what you look like, keep fighting the good fight buddy

  42. shlort says: Apr 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19 , I hope your general knowledge is better than your football knowledge, or you will be plagued with a lifetime of pondering the proper way to sit on the toilet. I have seen some stupid remarks made on these websites, but your couple comments are by far the most unintelligent sounding responses to a football story I have ever seen. It is alright if you dont like the Green Bay Packers or thier fans. It isnt alright to make stupid comments that make you look like a fool. Think about it.

    305phinphan , You wont see Chad play any more football. He is used up and likely has been told by his doctor not to play anymore. He couldnt pass the physical to play. That is why he was released.

  43. bslorah says: Apr 23, 2012 1:23 PM

    Warren Sapp….it’s called KARMA buddy

    Best Wishes to Chad

  44. kiefs85 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:23 PM

    Lions fans are great—one 10-6 season and 15 years of being the doormat of the league are forgotten. God bless em, they are loyal. I would suggest a wait and see approach with your team darthhitman. The QB is talented but has only made it through one year without injury. The defense speaks for itself. You also might want to break the 21 year losing streak at Lambeau Field, which might be the most embarrassing of all Lion failures.

  45. blondebombr says: Apr 23, 2012 1:29 PM

    Lions fan here.

    Great player, Chad. Wish you’d been a Lion.

    If you get healthy for this year and want to keep playing, we could find room for you.

  46. pjrhc says: Apr 23, 2012 1:29 PM

    Kudos to Chad Clifton. Great career protecting two great quarterbacks – and Brett Favre too.

  47. orangeflh says: Apr 23, 2012 1:30 PM

    He’ll be missed for sure. I just hope he hangs up the cleats and doesn’t try to come back with another team. I’d rather he be known as a Packer from the first day to the last.

  48. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Apr 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    Sorry to Minnesota fans, they will finish ahead of Packers too, so i guess 4th in the division, BOOK IT!
    ____________
    The Lions lost to our backups. You are the single dumbest poster I have seen in awhile. Keep talking the Packers will shut you up again this year. No way possible the Packers lose to the Lions this year. Without Rodgers the Packers would still beat you.

  49. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Apr 23, 2012 1:50 PM

    mnomalley says: Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    The Packers are in trouble. Clifton couldn’t even stop Jared Allen, and now they’re going to use a back up on him?? Good luck
    ______________
    Clifton never had any problems with Jared Allen in his career. You are thinking of TJ Lang. He is the one who gave up all the sacks three years ago to Allen. Newhouse has played well against Allen as well so I don’t think the Packers are that worried.

  50. minnesconsin says: Apr 23, 2012 1:53 PM

    Would be strange to see Cliffy in another uniform, my guess is that if he could play, he’d be doing it for the Pack. Class act and an excellent pass blocker for a long time.

    Thinking back to the days when Green Bay had Clifton, Tauscher, Rivera, and Wahle, all in their primes, no wonder they won so many games. Ahman Green and Brett Favre both owe these guys a debt of gratitude.

  51. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    @ patsaintsbroncoscheat.. your pft name speaks for itself, to this day i still laugh when moronic people like you say that GB “rested their starters” They rested woodson/driver/jennings/rodgers, idiots like you make it sound like they rested their entire team. Have fun living in the basement of the NFC north.

  52. purpleguy says: Apr 23, 2012 2:14 PM

    Good player, great draft pick, and a class guy; however, unfortunately it’s time.

  53. acmepacker says: Apr 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    The Packers are in trouble. Clifton couldn’t even stop Jared Allen, and now they’re going to use a back up on him?? Good luck
    ***************************
    Please explain how he couldn’t stop Jared Allen.
    What did I miss? Allen’s days against Clifton were so so. He was at hisw best when Clifton was out. Now I wish Clifton the best in whatever he does. My admiration for him rose so far when he came back after the Sapp hit. I was sure he was done, I can’t imagine the rehab and pain he must have gone through to be able to get back on the field and be the force he was. He’s one of the Packer good guys!

  54. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    acmepacker says: Apr 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    The Packers are in trouble. Clifton couldn’t even stop Jared Allen, and now they’re going to use a back up on him?? Good luck
    ***************************
    Please explain how he couldn’t stop Jared Allen.
    What did I miss? Allen’s days against Clifton were so so. He was at hisw best when Clifton was out. Now I wish Clifton the best in whatever he does. My admiration for him rose so far when he came back after the Sapp hit. I was sure he was done, I can’t imagine the rehab and pain he must have gone through to be able to get back on the field and be the force he was. He’s one of the Packer good guys!

    Just another dumb GB fan, Allen raped the left side of GB o-line, where do you guys come up with this stuff???? Watch a game b4 you talk trash.

  55. tritz32 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:15 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19 says:

    Just another dumb GB fan, Allen raped the left side of GB o-line, where do you guys come up with this stuff???? Watch a game b4 you talk trash.

    ================================

    I think it’s YOU who needs to watch a game my friend! Cliffy OWNED Allen throughout his career. I remember a game where Allen had 0 TACKLES in a game, that’s ZERO. If you ask Allen himself, I’m sure he would tell you the same.

  56. houndog50 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:58 AM

    Not like anything that Green Bay does matters, they are gonna finish 3rd in their division behind Lions and Bears.
    —————————————-
    downtown bad boy, LOL, what a joke, more like downtown sh*thead!

  57. pmurray67 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:20 PM

    Clay Mathews also rested week 17, downdowndickweed. Go take another hit on your meth pipe, you clueless idiot.

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