There was a rather large hole in the middle of the Packers’ offensive line that needed to be filled by a large body. It was vacated by 2011 Pro Bowler Scott Wells when he signed with the Rams, and the body that’s now reportedly set to fill said hole belongs to Jeff Saturday. He controls the body, and uses it to hurt people.
An agreement between Saturday and the Packers has been completed, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. As Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes, Saturday’s vast experience running a no-huddle in front of a barking Peyton Manning will be key, as the same fast-paced offense is also often deployed by Green Bay.
The only concern with Saturday is his durability at an advanced age, a worry that’s especially troubling now that he’s about to join a Green Bay offensive line that was ravaged by injuries last year, which contributed to the 41 sacks they allowed. While Saturday has remained healthy and hasn’t missed a start since 2008, he’ll turn 37 in June. Father time usually treats offensive linemen, and particularly centers, with care, but despite his lack of injuries there has to be at least mild concern as Saturday inches towards the age of 40.
But hell, age is just a number, or so I’ve been told by every woman in my life. Saturday is a more than capable replacement for Wells. He went to five straight Pro Bowls between 2005 and 2010, and he’s a four-time All-Pro, which add up to make him an ideal anchor for a young offensive line.
Tennessee was chasing Saturday, and he also flirted with heading to Denver, and potentially joining the rest of his former Colts teammates. In the end, he did exactly what his old quarterback just did, and he gave himself a prime opportunity to win another championship in the twilight of his career.