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Packers put little guaranteed money into Letroy Guion’s new deal

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The Packers gave Letroy Guion the long-term deal he was hoping for before last offseason’s arrest.

And perhaps as a reflection of that trouble with the law, Guion is going to have to earn almost every cent of it.

According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Guion’s three-year deal last week includes just $500,000 in guarantees, all in the form of a signing bonus.

Otherwise, all the money is in base salary, offseason bonuses and weekly roster bonuses. Almost half of it, in fact, will be paid in the weekly per-game roster bonuses ($50,000 per game), as the Packers don’t want to put themselves on the hook for and potential absences. He has a pair of $250,000 roster bonuses due in May and August this year, and a pair of $400,000 roster bonuses next year as well.

Last offseason, there was some talk of an extension, but that was before he was arrested on marijuana and gun charges in Florida, where cops also confiscated his truck and the $190,028.81 in cash he was carrying.

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32 Responses to “Packers put little guaranteed money into Letroy Guion’s new deal”
  1. rosstuckershair says: Feb 17, 2016 10:35 AM

    Who else would sign him?

  2. ariani1985 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:36 AM

    What does this have to do with the facts that I have as many OT wins as Rogers!

  3. Kelly's Chronicles says: Feb 17, 2016 10:43 AM

    This one worked out nicely for the Pack.

  4. jessethegreat says: Feb 17, 2016 10:46 AM

    Talk about having little faith in a guy.

    Bottom line NFL players… Even though people have spoken out in criticism of Cris Carter’s advice in the past, listen to what he had to say. Have a damn fall guy. As we’ve seen with Peyton now and so many others in the past, no one is perfect.

  5. wtfru2 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:53 AM

    Cheapskates! They sell stock in the team over and over but never spend a dime on descent defensive players. Oh well, if this ex-Viking goes down, Eddie Lacey will be big enough to take his place.

  6. magnusthe1st says: Feb 17, 2016 10:56 AM

    jessethegreat says:
    Feb 17, 2016 10:46 AM
    Talk about having little faith in a guy.

    Bottom line NFL players… Even though people have spoken out in criticism of Cris Carter’s advice in the past, listen to what he had to say. Have a damn fall guy. As we’ve seen with Peyton now and so many others in the past, no one is perfect.

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    Ooorrrrr, NFL players can take option #2 and not idiots and get into trouble ion the first place.

    The Packers are taking a shot on a guy with a sketchy history and this deal reflects it. If he gets into trouble again and goes off the rails, they’re protected. But if he performs, he gets his and the team is still in good position.

    Good signing for the Packers.

  7. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:58 AM

    It’s always good to see a player accept a below market value deal in order to stay with an elite franchise.

  8. 700levelvet says: Feb 17, 2016 11:05 AM

    I can picture Nate Newton as Hymie Roth…”He’s small potatoes “…

  9. MossMoon2Packers says: Feb 17, 2016 11:06 AM

    What does it say about the Packers D-line that Guion — a guy who couldn’t crack the starting line-up in Minnesota — is a key player?

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 17, 2016 11:19 AM

    His brain-washing didn’t work very well, so we are keeping him from stashing the money in his glove box. He should go down to Avery’s Salvage and get another car, too. It comes standard with false incriminating evidence thanks to local police.

  11. stellarperformance says: Feb 17, 2016 11:21 AM

    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Feb 17, 2016 11:06 AM
    What does it say about the Packers D-line that Guion — a guy who couldn’t crack the starting line-up in Minnesota — is a key player?
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    The Vikings have lousy coaches?

  12. deltaoracle says: Feb 17, 2016 11:30 AM

    What does it say about the Packers D-line that Guion — a guy who couldn’t crack the starting line-up in Minnesota — is a key player?

    Maybe that the Packers run a different scheme (and a 3-4) that he fits into better?

    What does it say that a WR who was on the Pack’s practice squad eventually became a top WR option for Minnesota?

  13. h0metownzero says: Feb 17, 2016 11:33 AM

    You can just sense that Guion appreciates football more now that he’s playing for a legitimate franchise.

  14. abninf says: Feb 17, 2016 11:36 AM

    Drug dealer.

  15. jimmysee says: Feb 17, 2016 11:41 AM

    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Feb 17, 2016 11:06 AM

    What does it say about the Packers D-line that Guion — a guy who couldn’t crack the starting line-up in Minnesota — is a key player?

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    What does it say?

    How about the Vikings don’t recognize talent and have substandard coaches.

    But we all know that.

  16. diveleft says: Feb 17, 2016 11:42 AM

    stellarperformance says:
    Feb 17, 2016 11:21 AM
    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Feb 17, 2016 11:06 AM
    What does it say about the Packers D-line that Guion — a guy who couldn’t crack the starting line-up in Minnesota — is a key player?
    ///////////////////////////////

    The Vikings have lousy coaches?
    #########
    100 out of 100 times I would take Zimmer over McCarthy.

  17. wafflestomp says: Feb 17, 2016 11:44 AM

    This is exactly how it should work.
    Guion has a slightly askew history and got a contract reflecting that.
    Green Bay is protected and can simply cut him, with little harm to the team, if he runs afoul with the law.

    Unlike Minnesota, where you are offered an exceptional raise in prestige and money for torturing a defenseless 4 year old.
    Sad.

  18. stellarperformance says: Feb 17, 2016 11:53 AM

    diveleft says:
    Feb 17, 2016 11:42 AM
    100 out of 100 times I would take Zimmer over McCarthy.
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    I remember Viking fans feeling the exact same way about Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier. In the meantime, McCarthy has been in place during all their tenures.

  19. wtfru2 says: Feb 17, 2016 12:14 PM

    I remember Viking fans feeling the exact same way about Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier. In the meantime, McCarthy has been in place during all their tenures.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

    And I hope they keep McCarthy! Everyone has figure him out….. Aaron has been carrying his water for several years now and once gone, this coach has nothing…..

  20. ariani1985 says: Feb 17, 2016 12:17 PM

    Its amazing that 3 players make up 60% of the salary cap and the rest get table scraps in green Bay.

  21. nyneal says: Feb 17, 2016 12:19 PM

    jessethegreat says:
    Feb 17, 2016 10:46 AM
    Talk about having little faith in a guy.

    Bottom line NFL players… Even though people have spoken out in criticism of Cris Carter’s advice in the past, listen to what he had to say. Have a damn fall guy. As we’ve seen with Peyton now and so many others in the past, no one is perfect.

    _________________________________________

    Chris Carter showed he’s an imbecile for that remark and I hope you aren’t raising kids with a philosophy like that.
    No one is perfect is true, but most people have morals and values.
    What you are saying is what is wrong in this country today. Too many people don’t take responsibility for their own actions and use every excuse they can to get out of trouble they created for themselves.
    Criminals break the law and then blame the police for using for doing their jobs by arresting them.
    What Guion did still doesn’t sit well with me, and I’m a Packers fan. In my opinion, his intent was to go down to Florida and spend some or all of that cash on drugs to distribute or sell. If that wasn’t his intent, then he has to be one of the dumbest people on the planet.

  22. conormacleod says: Feb 17, 2016 12:26 PM

    filthymcnasty3
    Feb 17, 2016, 9:58 AM CST
    It’s always good to see a player accept a below market value deal in order to stay with an elite franchise.
    ——
    What, exactly, should the value be for a guy with ZERO sacks and less than 25 tackles in a season?!?! Your team is giving him almost $4 mil a year for such productivity.

  23. vikesr4reel says: Feb 17, 2016 12:30 PM

    He is cheaper than buying their stock!!

  24. boomboombrown says: Feb 17, 2016 12:33 PM

    They did, however, give him 25 shares of their worthless stock certificates!

  25. shaggytoodle says: Feb 17, 2016 2:25 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Feb 17, 2016 12:26 PM
    What, exactly, should the value be for a guy with ZERO sacks and less than 25 tackles in a season?!?! Your team is giving him almost $4 mil a year for such productivity.
    _____________________

    Because it is his job as a nose tackle to engange mutliple blockers Vince Wilfork is a great NT and he never had more than 3.5 sacks in a season. Speaking of greats DTs Guion couldn’t crack the starting lineup most of his years in Minnesota because of the WIlliams Wall… you think a die hard Viking fans would remember one of the best DT combos ever.

  26. jessethegreat says: Feb 17, 2016 3:11 PM

    Nyneal, I didn’t say he wasn’t irresponsible or that I agree with what he did. I’m saying that you can hold your chin up at his actions all you want, but the fact is if he had a fall guy, none of this would have made news or negatively affected his “brand”.

    Of course I want to raise my children to know the difference between right and wrong.. On the other hand I know people make mistakes. No one is perfect. Have a plan in place for IF you mess up.

  27. Suedevanshoe says: Feb 17, 2016 3:42 PM

    Great move by the Pack – one of the smartest franchises out there. Make a man earn it if he want his stacks, and give yourself an out whenever you want. Green Bay is easily the shrewdest team out there. They’ve never signed a bad deal for their club.

  28. shaggytoodle says: Feb 17, 2016 3:43 PM

    And I hope they keep McCarthy! Everyone has figure him out…..

    _________________________________

    If everyone has figured him out why was GB in the NFC Title game last year… and a few plays away form the NFC Title game this year?

    You know waht they say about football…. You can KNOW what play is coming, but you still have to STOP it.

  29. Kelly's Chronicles says: Feb 17, 2016 4:29 PM

    I am a Packer fan that has a healthy respect what Zimmer has produced so far in his time in Minnesota. He has that presence, of a soldier you would follow anywhere in battle. But to compare him to McCarthy at this stage is kind of unfair to him because McCarthy has a body of work that long precedes Zimmer, more victories, more playoff wins, a super bowl, division championships etc. Why can’t you just say hey they are both good coaches and leave it at that and knock the juvenile crap. And for the record he never did get to suit up for Zimmer in MN before his 3.95 million cap number did him in there…..

  30. stellarperformance says: Feb 17, 2016 4:48 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 12:17 PM
    Its amazing that 3 players make up 60% of the salary cap and the rest get table scraps in green Bay
    ///////////////////////////////////

    That makes sense. The Packers have the second youngest squad in the NFL.

  31. andygraham says: Feb 17, 2016 5:30 PM

    Perhaps not financially, but this ultimately is a win-win for both sides. Guion has the incentive to play well and stay out of trouble so that he can earn his paycheck, and the Packers can rest assured knowing that they’ll get a player who will be playing at his best… or else.

  32. beerbratscheese says: Feb 17, 2016 6:55 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 12:17 PM

    Its amazing that 3 players make up 60% of the salary cap and the rest get table scraps in green Bay.
    ———————————

    I hope you didn’t pay for that education. The top three cap hits for the Packers (Rodgers, Matthews and Shields) are a combined $45,000,000, against a total cap projected to be $162,452,597. Which means they total less that 28% of the cap.

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