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Report: Packers were worried about Josh Sitton becoming locker room cancer

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The Packers were able to get through the first game of the post-Josh Sitton era with no major protection problems.

But they were apparently much more worried about the locker room atmosphere if the Pro Bowl guard had stayed, which led to his surprising release during final cuts.

According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers were concerned that the All-Pro guard was disgruntled by not being a priority for a contract extension, and that once he found that out during camp “they were fostering a poisonous atmosphere.”

Overtly, Sitton never seemed to be a grumbler, but sources said he could also be “brash and highly opinionated,” and sometimes “openly disparaged personnel moves, coaching decisions and his teammates’ abilities” around the team facility.

The concern seemed to be that his attitude was rubbing off on younger players, which contributed to the decision.

Coupled with the fact he’s 30 and dealing with back issues and he was due to make $5.9 million this year, the Packers made a classic business decision. The Bears were happy to accommodate him, quickly signing him to a three-year deal.

The Packers replaced Sitton at left guard with Lane Taylor, a former undrafted player who signed a two-year, $4.15 million contract this offseason.

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71 Responses to “Report: Packers were worried about Josh Sitton becoming locker room cancer”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:30 AM

    Since everyone says they have a 1st Ballot HoF QB and only 1 SB, maybe someone should question their personnel decisions because they aren’t working.

  2. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 12, 2016 10:31 AM

    looks like ol ted took it a little too personal? hell of a organization you run there “owners”. this won’t sit well with all of the current players.

  3. scoops1 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    Greg Jennings must have called him and got in his head….

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 12, 2016 10:34 AM

    That doesn’t fly in Green Bay. It doesn’t matter how good you are, you still need to be a team player. It’s a very Lombardi-esque move.

  5. cheapseater says: Sep 12, 2016 10:35 AM

    I’m just surprised they couldn’t trade him…

  6. meximyke says: Sep 12, 2016 10:45 AM

    More teams should get rid of their cancer! There is a lot of cancer in the NFL! But no other teams should sign them!! It’s the only way to clean up the league!

  7. Packernet says: Sep 12, 2016 10:48 AM

    Not to mention Sitton and Barrington got into a fight in the locker room. Guess it was so bad McCarthy had to cut them both.

  8. bassplucker says: Sep 12, 2016 10:52 AM

    I still think the Bears got a coup in signing him, but he and the rest of their OL need to put in mad work together and get better in a hurry. They were J’Marcus Webb-era bad against the Texans yesterday.

  9. DitkasHair says: Sep 12, 2016 10:52 AM

    Thanks, the Bears can certainly use him….

  10. cabosan1978 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    Smart move by the Packers brass and Ted. Just another reason why i dont question these moves. Bears can have his ‘tude and heavy salary!!! Next up.

  11. jwcarlson says: Sep 12, 2016 10:54 AM

    Sitton has always been about money, but also about being good at his job. I don’t know that he’s much of a “football” guy in the sense that he’s always been pretty clear as to why he plays football. And it’s not for the love of the game.

    This worked out best for him in that sense and I’m sure he’s not too torn up about more money.

  12. rho1953 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:55 AM

    There it is. Every player has a price, and an overpriced, disgruntled diva has to go. Anyone can be replaced.

  13. bucsorbust says: Sep 12, 2016 10:55 AM

    If that’s the case, then he should just be Sitton.

    Oh man, that was funny.

  14. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:55 AM

    Yeah. I’ve read all of this stuff. The fact is that TT and MM messed up. If they wanted to get rid of Josh (who is admittedly an entertaining interviewee on a team full of boring personalities), they should have begun to shop him in March.

    Lane Taylor looks pretty good so far, but in not getting any compensation for a valuable player, TT messed this up. No 2 ways about it.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 12, 2016 10:56 AM

    Sadly, this is the same reason that they will eventually have to cut Aaron Rodgers.

  16. 4sacroc says: Sep 12, 2016 11:00 AM

    What garbage by Thompson. They have upwards of 10-11 starters with expiring contracts after 2016 … They can’t keep all of ’em … that’s a given …

    But to give up on a Pro Bowl guard for a dog in Lane Taylor is sheer incompetence. Especially not getting anything for him via the compensatory route next year.

    An average o-line that had Rodgers running all 2015 is worse now.

  17. tjacks7 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:00 AM

    So, cut a very good player who realizes how the teams inept management and coaching has cost them the chance to be true contenders while they’re getting to the end of the rope with their franchise QB that some consider the best ever?

    Doesn’t Arron Rodgers throw McCarthy under the bus 3 or 4 times a year? When is he getting the ax?

  18. allight59 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:04 AM

    I’d be disgruntled as well if I had 20 years of HOF QBs and only 2 superbowl wins. Now, Erin is in decline and the Packers will go back to the days of 30 years of failure. The Pack should have listened to Sitton instead of cutting him…

  19. weepingjebus says: Sep 12, 2016 11:05 AM

    No one who wears a hat like that could be a bad person.

  20. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 12, 2016 11:09 AM

    Big PACK guy here. Wow really? Do our player’s really have that thin of skin? Not a good look being emotionally fragile guy’s. Gotta get it together for Vike’s week. No distractions. No excuses. Gonna be a tough game against that Zimmer D. GO. PACK.

    >

  21. contra74 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    Say anything against the front office…we cut you
    Sam around without a smile…we cut you
    Fail to constantly bring up the past…we cut you
    Don’t let McCarthy cut in line at chow…we cut you
    Turn the lights on in TTs office…we cut you
    Fail to buy packer stock each week…we cut you

  22. jchipwood says: Sep 12, 2016 11:14 AM

    Hope 49ers are paying attention.

  23. codythao35 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:18 AM

    Lane Taylor is lame and will get killed by Griffen next week against Vikings.

  24. zooropeanx says: Sep 12, 2016 11:22 AM

    Even if there was a concern about Sitton becoming/being a lockeroom cancer he only had 1 year left on his deal. Let him play it out and just don’t re-sign Sitton as he walks into free agency.

    If there is a serious blowup by Sitton during the season then go ahead and release him.

  25. qoojo says: Sep 12, 2016 11:26 AM

    That’s what the rumors were saying since he was cut. The timing of the decision does point to it being a spur of the moment decision. Sitton probably stepped over the line at some point.

    If there is one thing you don’t do on the packers, it’s provide a bad example for the young guys, because the packers will always be perpetually young with TT running the show.

  26. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 11:29 AM

    He’ll probably do well in Chicago, as long as he learns the lesson both he and Favre were taught the hard way: Nobody’s bigger than the team.

    Belichick did the same exact thing with six time first or second All-Pro Logan Mankins in 2014. How did that work out? They went out and won the SuperBowl that year.

    Good GM’s make difficult decisions. Lane Taylor did a very good job yesterday against Malik Jackson, the prize off-season acquisition for the Jags from Denver. Lane will get better as the season goes on.

    Next Man Up……….is working.

  27. shaggytoodle says: Sep 12, 2016 11:30 AM

    It’s better to only answer one question about one player, the. Have to answer a bunch of questions to the other players qith expiring contracts hoping to get paid as well.

    While he was a great Guard, it is one of the easier positions to fill one team.

  28. finchy74 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:37 AM

    Queue the TT worshipers who will rationalize the abject mishandling of this situation.

    Perhaps the packers should extend this approach to all the locker room cancers. By that logic, rodgers will be out on the street this week.

  29. ee00ee says: Sep 12, 2016 11:37 AM

    If that’s true it worked out beautifully that he went to the Bears. They need more cancers in the locker room and nothing like a blow out season to feed the discontent.

  30. pkrlvr says: Sep 12, 2016 11:46 AM

    Wow, every troll in purpleville is on this one. Not a lot getting done at work today I guess. It’s like this every year the week before our teams meet though. Next Monday should be pretty quiet.

  31. mccarthyisamoron says: Sep 12, 2016 11:51 AM

    Sometimes I wish we had a Jerry Jones.

  32. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    Thats the worst hat I ever saw… bet if you buy a hat like that you get a free bowl of soup huh?

  33. leatherface2012 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:34 AM

    That doesn’t fly in Green Bay. It doesn’t matter how good you are, you still need to be a team player. It’s a very Lombardi-esque move.

    riiiight, so if Rodgers did it, they’d cut him too? moron

  34. stampnhawk says: Sep 12, 2016 12:04 PM

    There’s only one overweight guy that is allowed to have opinions and be wrong in GB, and he’s the guy with the headset wearing ill-fitting unstylish khakis and holding the play sheet.

  35. numba1minnysportsfan says: Sep 12, 2016 12:05 PM

    Hey, guys!

    Big VIKES guy here!

    We could sure have used him up here! My main man PETERSEN couldn’t find any running room. That’s on our line. No way he is slowing down yet, and he didn’t get 2 yards per carry.

    I guess we gave away too many picks for a QB that might not even be good…smh

  36. f1restarter says: Sep 12, 2016 12:08 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sadly, this is the same reason that they will eventually have to cut Aaron Rodgers.

    ——————

    That’s exactly what Rick Spielman is counting on.

  37. rjhnyc52 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:12 PM

    DitkasHair says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:52 AM
    Thanks, the Bears can certainly use him….

    ———————————————–

    Yeah, it really helped them yesterday….lol!!!

  38. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:25 PM

    I’m just glad we were able to fix the problem without having to ship off a 1st and a 4th. It pays off to have championship caliber depth.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  39. jrsamps says: Sep 12, 2016 12:25 PM

    Cancer? They should worry about obesity in the locker and STD’s with Erin swinging his manhood around in the men’s shower.

  40. fuhq says: Sep 12, 2016 12:26 PM

    allight59 says:
    Sep 12, 2016 11:04 AM

    I’d be disgruntled as well if I had 20 years of HOF QBs and only 2 superbowl wins. Now, Erin is in decline and the Packers will go back to the days of 30 years of failure. The Pack should have listened to Sitton instead of cutting him…
    ————————————————-

    Fran, who played with multiple HOF’ers, couldn’t even get 1 SB ring. No wonder Viking fans are so disgruntled. 50+ years and no rings…..Wow!!!

  41. ninjapleazee says: Sep 12, 2016 12:30 PM

    If this is true, say goodbye to TJ Lang and Bakhitari .. They are Sittons best friends.

  42. atthemurph says: Sep 12, 2016 12:32 PM

    bassplucker says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:52 AM
    I still think the Bears got a coup in signing him, but he and the rest of their OL need to put in mad work together and get better in a hurry. They were J’Marcus Webb-era bad against the Texans yesterday.
    —————————————–

    How did that 4th down run right behind Sitton work out yesterday?

    Oh yeah, he got blown up and driven into the backfield and the attempt failed.

    Perhaps the answer to releasing Sitton is as simple as he doesn’t have it any longer? He lost 35 lbs in an attempt to ease the strain on his back, but he had gained that weight to be able to anchor against big DL.

    Maybe he’s just not the same guy any longer. He didn’t look like it last year and he didn’t look like it for one game wearing blue either.

    $6.55m is a big price to pay a guy who is 10% smaller than when he was good to get blown up on 4th and one. Maybe he’s an upgrade for the bears but based on one game so far, his departure wasn’t a downgrade for the Packers.

  43. ninjapleazee says: Sep 12, 2016 12:32 PM

    And ironically he’s getting paid same with Bears this year. Must have been a MAJOR cancer.

  44. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 12, 2016 12:34 PM

    Maybe we didn’t use enough laundry detergent in Sitton’s brain. Once they get older and wake up, the washing eventually wears off, anyway.

    This is the way Kim Jong-un would’ve handled the situation. We Packer fans should be proud. But we aren’t.

  45. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Sep 12, 2016 12:42 PM

    Living the high life in Green Bay will do that to a guy!

  46. All-American Voltron says: Sep 12, 2016 12:42 PM

    This is the same coach who fired a lifelong Lambeau Field employee for mistakenly thinking he told MM “don’t lay an egg”.

    I don’t believe for a second that Sutton was going to be a cancer other than having the audacity to not sit there quietly like a child when all he wanted was a new contract.

  47. lambeaurules says: Sep 12, 2016 12:52 PM

    stairwaytoharvin says:
    Sep 12, 2016 11:56 AM
    Thats the worst hat I ever saw… bet if you buy a hat like that you get a free bowl of soup huh?
    ==================================

    “But it looks good on you”!!!

    Priceless!

  48. ariani1985 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:54 PM

    Will Josh still receive his champion ring for beating the redskins last year?

  49. iowahbr says: Sep 12, 2016 12:54 PM

    Did Sutton play yesterday? the game was not shown for free and will not pay Direct TV 250 to watch the Bears games this year. for free or will read Homer again on Sundays when they are not shown for free. Too much bad NFL can be fatal.

  50. allight59 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:56 PM

    Lane will be like a deer in the headlights facing double A gap pressure this Sunday…can’t wait. Erin will get several up close looks at the new Viking stadium turf. Vikings go 2-0 and never look back…..

  51. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 12, 2016 12:56 PM

    Speaking your mind in ‘Sconny is frowned upon, just ask the ladies.

  52. shepwp1 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:24 PM

    This is so sad. Why can’t it be that we “did what was best for the team” and leave it at that. Besides, Josh ended up getting what he wanted- a raise and a multi-year deal. It should’ve been a win-win, but no, we have to hear the “cancer” talk. Just so sad…

  53. cuda1234 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:29 PM

    Being privately disrespectful of the coach/GM gets you fired but being publicly disrespectful of the flag/national anthem makes you a martyr? Interesting times we live in.

  54. zjpz02 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:22 PM

    Not sure about the cancer part, but I can tell you that Jay Cutler almost got killed on about ten plays yesterday. Sitton’s play at left guard was pathetic!!!

  55. packsupersoldier says: Sep 12, 2016 2:25 PM

    They should worry about obesity in the locker and STD’s with Erin swinging his manhood around in the men’s shower.

    Viking fans are now spending lots of time thinking about Aaron’s package.

  56. ronkoji says: Sep 12, 2016 2:41 PM

    Excuses excuses !!!! He was with them all of these years, and now they are worried that he might be a locker room distraction ? That is a joke !!!!

  57. jjclark28 says: Sep 12, 2016 2:48 PM

    I guarantee this had nothing to do with money or a contract situation, or even being disgruntled about a contract situation. This goes way deeper than that

  58. gonzotx says: Sep 12, 2016 2:59 PM

    Sad…You made a decision, the dirt is unnecessary and unprofessional.

  59. pkrlvr says: Sep 12, 2016 3:08 PM

    You guys must’ve missed the part where an unnamed source who is not with Sutton or the Pack said this. The Packers haven’t said a peep about the situation.

  60. gonzotx says: Sep 12, 2016 3:25 PM

    Sitton had alot of friends in the Packer locker room, an article like this is just shady.

  61. purpleguy says: Sep 12, 2016 3:29 PM

    I thought he was a pretty level-headed guy in addition to being a very good OG. Wasn’t he the guy that was blatantly hit in the nads by an opposing player but was surprisingly mellow about it? It’s equally surprising that the Pack would allow that negative story to leak, as TT is usually classier than that.

  62. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 3:46 PM

    How did he do against the Texans? Not so good I heard.

  63. twiddlemylobes says: Sep 12, 2016 3:57 PM

    During his recent interviews it was clear Sitton was being borderline assenine behavior. If I can see that crap attitude in 30 minutes then I’m quite certain living with him isn’t charming

  64. vikingguy55 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:31 PM

    Losing an all pro O lineman? Ya thats how you start the season for what ever reson cannot be a good thing! The problem is that the mindless packers are headed for a very long season because they are a team on the decline especially an aging qb a bad O line and inefficient defense they will look better in the beginning of games that will take its toll a very brittle team and not much depth they are fragile and the team knows this!

  65. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 12, 2016 5:27 PM

    If Ted Thompson had spent the past ten years listening to you Minnelectuals, the Packers would be… the Vikings.

    Every ten years, just like clockwork. The Vikings get a tiny little sniff at relevance and the purples lose their minds.

  66. icebowler says: Sep 12, 2016 5:33 PM

    So pretty much the same reason the Bears got rid of Brandon Marshall?

  67. WI has no economy says: Sep 12, 2016 7:47 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 12, 2016 11:46 AM
    Wow, every troll in purpleville is on this one. Not a lot getting done at work today I guess. It’s like this every year the week before our teams meet though. Next Monday should be pretty quiet.
    ———————————————————–

    Finally a decent point from one of you poor souls who inhabit the land of shame and regret to the east of the Great State of Minnesota.
    It actually is difficult to get work done considering 38% of “WI” employable work force is working in currently working in Minnesota. Which in turn means that we are forced to call you people co-workers, which means we have to deal with people who have never experienced, a top notch education, exceptional medical care, or an overall high quality of living..nevermind having a stable, prosperous economy, something like that can only be seen by looking across the st.croix, to the land where dreams come true..

  68. Buzz says: Sep 12, 2016 8:18 PM

    And they didn’t miss a beat with Sitton gone. If you’e not a team player, bye bye. I wish him luck getting a win this year in Chicago.

  69. ulissep says: Sep 13, 2016 4:21 AM

    Seeing how coach McCarthy again did his best to lose the game Sunday, only to get saved by #12 – again – maybe Sitton had good reasons to disparage some of the coaching decisions in the past. No?

  70. puntonfirstdown says: Sep 13, 2016 10:05 AM

    He won’t last all season with his back. And with the $10 million guaranteed from the Bears, he couldn’t care less.

  71. gotdebttoo says: Sep 14, 2016 10:20 PM

    “”Since everyone says they have a 1st Ballot HoF QB and only 1 SB, maybe someone should question their personnel decisions because they aren’t working.””
    ———

    Been asking the same question for a year. Manning got no pass for his 1 SB forever, but discount double check gets a pass year after year. Unassailable.

    While your are it, start asking questions about the coaching too.

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