The Packers officially released veteran G Josh Sitton on Friday.
“We want to thank Josh for his contributions during his time in Green Bay. He has been an important part of the success we have enjoyed on the field,” Thompson said. “While these decisions are never easy, this was done with a focus on what is best for the team and the growth of the offensive line. We wish Josh and his wife, Kristen, all the best in the future.”
Sitton’s agent, Jack Reale, tells Josina Anderson of his client’s impending release: “I’m very optimistic of his prospects for playing for a number of additional years. He’s coming off of maybe his best camp in the last four years. He’s lighter, and he is in better shape. He is coming off of a Pro Bowl season and he just turned 30. I think he’s got lots left. I think all the teams that he has been playing against for the last several years are certainly aware of that and certainly teams within their division. So we will see what happens.”
The Packers are in a tough position long-term in regards to their offensive line with a number of starters set to be free agents, but it’s still a very surprising move for Green Bay.
Sitton, 30, is a former fourth-round pick of the Packers back in 2008. He’s in the final year of his six-year, $34.95 million contract that includes $8.9 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $5.9 million for the 2016 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing will free up $6.85 million in available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2015, Sitton appeared in all 16 games for the Packers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 6 guard out of 81 qualifying players.