Well, my timing on this post yesterday was impeccable, no? ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton will be released today. Clifton's salary, age and injury history has caused many to speculate that he would eventually be released before the beginning of the season, but the team kept him on the roster going into voluntary workouts. Clifton showed up, and apparently it didn't go well.
Packers are releasing OT Chad Clifton today. Failed a physical. Had back surgery in the off-season. Uncertain whether he will play again.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2012
If Clifton has not fully recovered from his surgery and failed a physical, it seems unlikely that, at his age, he will play in the NFL again. Clifton was scheduled to count $5.7 million against the Packers' cap this year. Workout bonuses are generally contingent on players completing a certain percentage of voluntary workouts, so it's unlikely that Clifton is going to see any of that money.
This is a sad, but understandable development. Clifton's been a fantastic player for the team and I had some hope that he would play one more season, but if he's not healthy, he's not worth his salary.