Questions on Mark Tauscher Asked and Answered

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27: Offensive guard Mark Tauscher #65 of the Green Bay Packers blocks against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

For most of the offseason, I had been assuming that Green Bay Packers RT Mark Tauscher would retire once the lockout was lifted. He was out of football for the start of the 2009 season, and he was only re-signed after RT Allen Barbre flopped. It looked like he was only interested in playing so long as the Packers needed him. Now that RT Bryan Bulaga is the starter, it seems like they don't need him anymore.

But I was surprised when he showed up to workout with the other lineman recently. Since then, he's spoken with Lori Nickel from the Journal-Sentinel, and it appears that my confusion is understandable:

Can you play next year?

"You know, I haven’t really figured out what I’m going to do yet," said Tauscher

OK. When will you make that decision?

"Honestly I’m just rehabbing my shoulder and trying to play some golf…When the lockout ends I’m sure I’ll get things figured out, one way or another, and see where we’re at."

I'd be glad to see him return as a backup, but obviously his days as a starter are over. It's possible the team doesn't want him to return as a backup because it could take away an opportunity from a young player. 

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