Packers extend Letroy Guion

AP

The Packers’ priority in free agency is always signing their own free agents before looking at players from other teams, and they’ve taken that approach again.

Green Bay and defensive tackle Letroy Guion have agreed in principle to a three-year, $11.25 million deal, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Guion is actually rare on the Packers’ roster in that he wasn’t drafted by the team: He was drafted by the Vikings in 2008 and signed with the Packers only in 2014. But he has played well enough in his two years in Green Bay that the team wants to keep him around.

The Packers’ devotion to Guion comes despite his off-field problems. Guion copped a plea after facing drug and weapons charges, and he also reportedly had a domestic violence charge. He missed the first three games of last season while serving an NFL suspension.

But Guion is back now, and both sides hope he’ll be with the Packers for at least three more years.

67 responses to “Packers extend Letroy Guion

  1. With the HGH scandal looming for half of their defense and now the re-signing of a criminal, it seems like the Packers are headed towards a meltdown.

  2. I know I’m dreaming, but how about a Von Miller type of a guy. Yes I know he is not leaving Denver. Doesn’t hurt to dream sometimes.

  3. The better the player, the longer the leash… I’m surprised GB would do this.. He must be REALLY good. lol

  4. He had a permit for the gun. The gun WAS legal. Quit trying to make it sound worse. Every player that buys a gun should go thought the background check and get a carrying permit. That $100 permit saved him millions.
    If a player doesn’t pass the back ground check he can’t go to the combine, draft, and he also should NOT have a gun.

  5. The Packers love those ex-Vikings, especially if they are mediocre players and get in trouble off the field.
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    Considering the Vikings have signed probably 1o castoffs to every 1 the Packers have signed from the Vikings, I’d say this is a pretty funny comment.

    I had very little expectations for him because he was a former Viking who was cut. But instead, the guy has played very well and much better than he ever did in Minnesota. They got a bargain for a backup who already showed he could step in as a starter and play very well.

  6. He earned it, the second half of the season he really came on and played well. He single handedly put up two huge plays to prevent the Redskins from scoring from the one yard line that turned that playoff game around.

    So in that sense alone, he is nothing like a Viking. The Vikings lead the NFL in playoff losses and you can achieve that distinction without performing poorly in the playoffs. So Guion stepping up in a playoff game and making huge plays is the reason he will continue to be a Packer. Had it been the other way around, he probably would have went back to the Vikings.

  7. bordner says:
    Feb 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    I’ll bet NO viking fans comment on this story.

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    Too late, bordner. The usual purple hopping up and down has already commenced.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 12, 2016 9:44 AM
    The Packers love those ex-Vikings, especially if they are mediocre players and get in trouble off the field.

    ———–

    Tell us more about how Teddy will be better (2015: 14 TDs; 9 INTs) when the NFL rushing leader is no longer a Viking.

  9. Glad he was resigned. We now have some strength up the middle re-signed. Rajii’s camp is probably not too happy as their negotiating leverage has gone down an notch but I wasnt too optimistic that he was going to ask for real big bucks after he turned down that big contract a few years back. I hope and trust that he learned his lesson from a few years ago. These big guys have only a few years to fill their bank account and they can give it all away hauling a suitcase full of mj.

  10. Every once in a great while the Vikings have something worth taking, like Gilbert Brown about 20 years ago and now to a lesser degree, Guion. Gilbert got a ring with the Pack, which of course never would have happened on the wrong side of the river. Guion’s chances are much better in GB than they would be over there also.

  11. I can’t judge the guys character other than what is reported in the media. He must be a high character guy to get resigned. A drug bust and reports of domestic violence would keep him off most rosters (except the teams we know sign criminals, and we all know who they are).

  12. f1restarter says:
    Feb 12, 2016 12:06 PM
    Never liked the idea of signing ex-Vikings.

    Putting on that purple jersey seems to bring out the worst in people.
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    interesting.

    Guion never had legal troubles when he wore the purple.

    When he went to GB however…

  13. This is great news for the guy the Packers employ to intimidate the local media after they write a story exposing Packer player bad behavior so that they will think twice before writing another such story.

  14. Great signing! All of the Packa owners once again have done a great job for the greatest fans,stadium and brats in the universe. Hail Mary!!

  15. yooperman says:
    Feb 12, 2016 9:57 AM

    He had a permit for the gun. The gun WAS legal. Quit trying to make it sound worse. Every player that buys a gun should go thought the background check and get a carrying permit. That $100 permit saved him millions.
    If a player doesn’t pass the back ground check he can’t go to the combine, draft, and he also should NOT have a gun.
    _________

    The gun was legal. The steamer trunk full of weed was not.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    The gun was legal. The steamer trunk full of weed was not.
    ______________

    That was for his back pain while he watched cartoons.

    The big difference between Guion in GB and Minnesota…. is he fits this system better. Sometimes a change of scenery does players good like Longwell wanted to extend his career as many kickers do… so he went indoors so the elements wouldn’t expose his leg power getting reduced.

  17. Met him a couple times when he played in MN — nice guy, but not exactly a Rhodes scholar. Then again, that’s quite a bit of dough to pay a guy with domestic violence/drug issues, not to mention following a season where he had only 13 solo/8 assisted tackles and no sacks.

  18. whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 12, 2016 10:19 AM

    He earned it, the second half of the season he really came on and played well. He single handedly put up two huge plays to prevent the Redskins from scoring from the one yard line that turned that playoff game around.

    So in that sense alone, he is nothing like a Viking. The Vikings lead the NFL in playoff losses and you can achieve that distinction without performing poorly in the playoffs. So Guion stepping up in a playoff game and making huge plays is the reason he will continue to be a Packer. Had it been the other way around, he probably would have went back to the Vikings.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Considering he was a good Viking player, but he was just average compared to our dline today, we had no room for Guion.

    Just shows the depth we have on defense compared to the packers…….they actually believe this guy is an All-Pro.

    He whatjushapped, I was looking on the Viking roster, and I still don’t see anyone the Vikings drafted by the name of CRAIG Jennings or Berriman?????

    Since you are so adept at free agency signings, I thought you could tell us where those Vikings players are with those names-the ones you said we picked up via free agency?

    Bueller……hello??

  19. @Conor I understand the Vikings don’t run a 3-4 and maybe they never have, but hopefully I can help you understand, its very rare for the front three linemen to pile up stats, as it is their JOB to engage blockers often mutliple ones and create oppurtunities for the LBs to make plays.

    He has done a very good at that, while Raji was out last year, and with his limited playing with Raji being healthy this one. I don’t know if Raji is going to hang around or not, but having Daniels and Guion for the first 2 pieces of next years DL is a good start.

  20. shaggytoodle says:
    Feb 12, 2016 1:39 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    The gun was legal. The steamer trunk full of weed was not.
    ______________

    That was for his back pain while he watched cartoons.

    The big difference between Guion in GB and Minnesota…. is he fits this system better. Sometimes a change of scenery does players good like Longwell wanted to extend his career as many kickers do… so he went indoors so the elements wouldn’t expose his leg power getting reduced.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Hey shaggy, I do agree with you regarding the “fit” argument.

    A free agent with 0 sacks and a whopping 21 tackles does “fit” the gbay scheme PERFECTLY.

    Thanks for the clarification!

  21. It may seem a bit high, but the packers have to offer players a bit of a premium to offset the embarrassing meltdown they’ll endure in the playoffs.

  22. bridgeh2o says:

    Hey shaggy, I do agree with you regarding the “fit” argument.
    A free agent with 0 sacks and a whopping 21 tackles does “fit” the gbay scheme PERFECTLY.
    Thanks for the clarification!

    ________

    He has done well the last two sesaons in GB…. you want to see if a player can proove himself in your system before you give him a pay raise.

    You make it sound like the Packers are breaking the bank spending 47.5Mil on a 5-year contract on a player that has never seen the playbook Like Greg Jennings who was cut 2 years and 10TDs later. (which avgs. out to 4.75 Million a TD which is more than Guion is getting in a season)

  23. Now BJ Raji will be next for a contract IF he takes a similar deal. He wants more but his stats were about the same as Guion.
    I’m more interested to see if they offer Nick Perry a deal or do they offer that contract to Mike Neal. They won’t keep both.

  24. shaggytoodle says:
    Feb 12, 2016 3:22 PM
    @Conor I understand the Vikings don’t run a 3-4 and maybe they never have, but hopefully I can help you understand, its very rare for the front three linemen to pile up stats, as it is their JOB to engage blockers often mutliple ones and create oppurtunities for the LBs to make plays.

    He has done a very good at that, while Raji was out last year, and with his limited playing with Raji being healthy this one. I don’t know if Raji is going to hang around or not, but having Daniels and Guion for the first 2 pieces of next years DL is a good start.

    ______________________

    Ya like that JJ Watt guy… He never produces stats.

    Or Muhammad Wilkerson
    Or Sheldon Richardson
    Or Malik Jackson
    Or Derek Wolfe

  25. At least he won’t have to tackle anyone to stay on the team. Like Clay. That’s more wear and tear. We don’t like that at all. Just needs to escort the other team’s players down the field. Like Clay. And play video games. And smoke. Even if it annoys Aaron.

  26. He has had a few OK games here and there in the past two years but to say that he has been good is a hell of a streach.

    Laughing in Minnesota at a team on a downward slide and the coaching staff knows it.

  27. If he doesn’t play like we do, we won’t like him. So we’ll just send him to jail. For no reason. That’s what we have our DAs for. They are the prize. Whatever we make up passes for justice around here.

  28. This will only end badly

    While in Minnesota, Guion had no legal problems, just was not a good enough player. In Green Bay, his play has not improved, but has now had numerous legal problems.

    Must be something in the water

  29. saxmachine69 says:
    Feb 12, 2016 5:55 PM

    Ya like that JJ Watt guy… He never produces stats.

    Or Muhammad Wilkerson
    Or Sheldon Richardson
    Or Malik Jackson
    Or Derek Wolfe
    ________

    And those guys are paid for it…. if guion was getting that kind of money I’d expect that kind of production

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