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Packers release Jeff Saturday, now he can retire a Colt

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We already knew longtime NFL center Jeff Saturday was retiring.

But now, the stage is clear for him to retire as a member of the Colts.

The Packers announced they had released Saturday this afternoon, after he spent the final of his 14 seasons with them.

Now, the Colts can sign him to a ceremonial one-day contract, so he can retire as a member of the team he spent the first 13 with.

A two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, Saturday showed a special degree of class this year even as he was being benched late in the season, consistent with the character he displayed throughout his career.

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26 Responses to “Packers release Jeff Saturday, now he can retire a Colt”
  1. packmangamble says: Feb 18, 2013 5:19 PM

    Jeff, you did your job in Green Bay. Thanks for coming here for a year and bringing your class to the organization. Best wishes in your retirement!!!

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 18, 2013 5:28 PM

    Sundays won’t be the same without Saturday.

  3. bozorocks says: Feb 18, 2013 5:32 PM

    Best wishes Jeff, enjoy your time off :)

    Also, very classy thing for the colts to sign him to a one day contract. Great ending for a great player.

  4. hanspard says: Feb 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    He was benched late in the year….and still ended up in the Pro Bowl? Awesome.

  5. Cereal says: Feb 18, 2013 5:51 PM

    This guy has a job as an analyst somewhere,,,at least he should, he brought a very interesting perspective to a lot of the Super Bowl convo.

  6. garyman1 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    Peyton is going to miss putting his hand on that butt.

  7. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:59 PM

    I will never understand why the packers didn’t resign Scott wells. You don’t break up offensive line continuity.

  8. drock36 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:02 PM

    Should have a retired a Colt a year ago, rather than tarnish his career legacy by joining the Packers for a forgettable and disappointing last season.

    And to sign a one day contract so can say he retired a Colt is really a sham.

  9. dbones750 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:14 PM

    Saturday, today? Who’s on first?

  10. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 18, 2013 6:22 PM

    He will always be remember by me as a Green Bay Packers player. Much like how Joe Namath is a LA Rams player and Joe Montana is a KC Chief. One day contracts are a joke.

  11. greengaypaqueers says: Feb 18, 2013 7:25 PM

    Sorry you had to end your brilliant career playing for a team like that. We all make mistakes, Jeff. Hopefully it doesn’t take too long to wash the stench of cheese off your hands.

  12. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Feb 18, 2013 7:44 PM

    Jeff, I always thought you were a tad smallish and overrated (You didn’t even make the pro bowl until P. Manning gave you a shout out on national TV) and in the run game you could be a non factor against elite DT’s..

    BUT, you always fought hard no matter what and you set the tone for the intelligent pass blocking oriented, offensive line that Peyton preferred You were solid, which I can really appreciate now because our O-line could use a lot more ‘solid’ at this juncture.

    Happy Trails, Saturday.

    Go Colts!

  13. anarchopurplism says: Feb 18, 2013 7:52 PM

    His comments after getting benched this year were as classy as they come.

  14. blue18hutthutt says: Feb 18, 2013 8:07 PM

    Jeff Saturday’s pancake block on Vince Wilfork to re-take the lead and win the game against the Patriots is right up there with Jerry Kramer in play-off lore

  15. glad4sgone says: Feb 18, 2013 8:30 PM

    Hey, greengaypaqueers: I usually don’t repond to posts like yours, but I couldn’t resist this time. I just wanted to thank you for choosing the username that you did. It says all that anyone needs to know about you….

  16. atthemurph says: Feb 18, 2013 9:06 PM

    Saturday should sign a one day contract with the Minnesota Wipings so he can end up like all washed up, over the hill Packers do.

  17. bartlettruss says: Feb 18, 2013 9:08 PM

    I’d rather retire as something other than a Colt. The owner doesn’t care about you. They didn’t even want Unitas or Manning to retire as Colts.

  18. whatjusthapped says: Feb 18, 2013 9:46 PM

    I am going out on a limb here and guessing that greengaypaqueers is probably Minnesota based and that will help give you insight into his lack of self esteem.

  19. PowerMad says: Feb 18, 2013 9:55 PM

    This only makes the Packers already porous O-line even weaker. And with Woodson’s retirement, the secondary takes a hit. And they’re likely to retain the inconsistent Jermichael Finley. The Green and Gold will be lucky to finish above third in the NFC North next year, 7-9 sounds about right.

  20. purplepunisher says: Feb 18, 2013 10:04 PM

    There are so many intelligent Packer fans that they actually voted a 2nd string player to the pro bowl!

  21. wte1 says: Feb 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    Jeff, on behalf of Patriot Nation thank you for a great career!

    Enjoy your retirement! You are the best!

  22. pksullivanmph says: Feb 18, 2013 10:31 PM

    The end of an era. Another good guy retires. @footballady52

  23. kgun80 says: Feb 18, 2013 11:45 PM

    Great player!! For those who don’t realize it while Manning was barking out audibles and changing formations he was making all the line calls and blitz pick up adjustments. Just like Kent Hull

  24. therealraider says: Feb 19, 2013 1:23 AM

    Saturday just wants to retire with Mannings hands under his arse.

  25. vermverm says: Feb 19, 2013 7:21 PM

    If you are a fan of NFL, any team in the NFL then you should be thankful to Jeff Saturday. A class act retires.

  26. lambeaufieldwest says: Feb 24, 2013 4:30 PM

    Thanks for nothing this year, Saturday. Absolutely terrible in run blocking.

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