Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday signed Friday to play Sunday with Packers

I can't really take credit for that headline concept (darn it!). That was more or less an ESPN line. Something to the effect that "Jeff Saturday signed Friday to play Sunday." Well done, es-pen, well done indeed.

Anyway, the point of all the above is that veteran, venerable, free agent center Jeff Saturday was signed by the Green Bay Packers yesterday. He will replace the recently departed (in a team sense, not the final demise sense) Scott Wells. While some thought GM Ted Thompson should have re-signed Wells -- who is about 5 years younger than Saturday -- Thompson obviously had a different idea in mind.

It has been the speculation here, and elsewhere, that the Packers might just draft Wisconsin center Peter Konz if he's available when the Pack picks at #28 in the first round. Despite an abundance of needs on the defensive side of the ball, being able to now have a veteran mentor such as Saturday work with a rookie such as Konz who, by the way, can also play guard, might just be the ticket to a decade of offensive line stability for the Packers at the center position. The flip side of that argument, however, is that now that the Pack has a solid center in place they might be less likely to spend a 1st round pick on a center when other needs -- especially defensive line and outside linebacker -- are so clear.

But...wait a tick!...the Packers also announced a second free agent signing yesterday: D-lineman Daniel Muir. Muir actually began his career with the Packers. After moving on, he's become a serviceable player with other teams. Now, he's coming back to where it all started.

As someone said on Twitter yesterday, it's been 80 degrees in Wisconsin in March and Thompson signed not one but two free the same day...surely the apocalypse must not be far behind.