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Green Bay Packers Surprisingly Cut Pro-Bowl Guard Josh Sitton

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After 8 years Josh Sitton is No Longer a Packer

I guess no one can say Ted Thompson is predictable any longer. Yesterday, it was announced the Packers cut three time Pro Bowl Guard Josh Sitton.

Much of the day was spent trying to find a suitable trade for the 30-year old, but it appears Green Bay couldn’t find a deal they liked. For a team known for it’s loyalty the move is a surprise.

Sitton has started in 112 of 121 possible regular season games since 2008 and was one of the most beloved players in the Packers locker room.

He struggled the last few years with back issues but completely changed his off-season workout plan to remedy the pain. After a pro-bowl season last year, it seemed the veteran knew he needed to adjust his habits up another notch to last in Green Bay’s competitive offensive line environment.

The Packers had four lineman coming into a contract year this season and most likely wouldn’t have been able to retain them all. Sitton was joined by left tackle David Bakhtiari, right guard T.J. Lang, and center J.C. Tretter in looking for extensions.

Per Rob Demovsky of ESPN, by releasing Sitton, the Packers will wipe off his $6.150 million base salary plus $400,000 in per-game roster bonuses from their salary cap. This will allow for the opportunity to lock those other guys up.

Moving forward into the season it’s not apparent yet who will be taking over his spot at left guard. Green Bay is very deep at the line position with guys like Don Barclay, Lane Taylor, and rookie Jason Spriggs sitting on the bench in waiting.

Another intriguing move would be placing newly appointed center Tretter back at guard when Corey Linsley returns from a hamstring injury. Tretter is a very good pass blocker and is a viable option at guard with one time pro-bowler Linsley taking back his position.

One person that can’t be thrilled with the move is quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Taking away one of the best pass blockers in the league when you have a $120 million dollar investment under center usually isn’t ideal. However, it seems Thompson has a plan for his team moving forward that includes a cheaper replacement. Even though the young lineman on the Packers are on the rise, they have a long way to go to reach Sitton’s class.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Sitton already has set up a meeting with division rival Chicago Bears with the New Orleans Saints to follow.

Updates will be coming as more information is released via my Twitter, @MikeTSJ101.