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NFL Notes: Vested Veterans, Eagles, Packers & Josh Sitton

Vested Veterans

  • Andrew Brandt points out that as of 4 pm EST Saturday, NFL vested veterans — four years or more of NFL service — qualify for termination pay, which means they will receive the full balance of salary if they’re cut this year.


  • Mike Garafolo reports that Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz will not have any limitations on Sunday in regards to running the team’s offense.
  • Garafolo says that they will take their shots today with the belief that Wentz is going to connect.


According to Bob McGinn, the Packers notified G Josh Sitton back in mid-August that talks regarding a contract extension would be put on the back burner while tried to work on new deals for some of their other players.

McGinn reports that Green Bay thought they could get a third- or fourth-round pick in return for Sitton, but were surprised that no deal surfaced, which led to the team going through with cutting him loose and taking the cap space.

A source tells McGinn that the Saints expressed interest in Sitton, but this was before they had signed QB Drew Brees to an extension and gained some much-needed cap space.

To make things even stranger, the Packers, an organization who places a large value on compensatory picks, could have kept Sitton and allowed him to sign elsewhere as a free agent next year. This could have netted them a fourth-round compensatory pick had they not cut Sitton loose.

Sources told McGinn that the Packers’ decision to cut Sitton was due in large to the fear that he “would become incorrigible and threaten locker-room chemistry.”

In the end, McGinn concludes that the Packers “blew it” with Sitton.

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