Packers Offseason Review: Tackle Marshall Newhouse to Enter Free Agency

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

A two-year starter and last year's primary backup tackle hits free agency in 2014.

One of the favorite whipping boys of Green Bay Packers fans in recent years has been offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse. As the primary starter at left tackle in 2011 and 2012, Newhouse's play has been inconsistent at best. His worst performances came in the running game, as he consistently lacked any tendency to push through blockers and open up holes for Packer running backs.

Newhouse finished 2011 as the worst-rated qualifying offensive tackle in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Though his pass-blocking improved somewhat in 2012, it was not enough to make the team comfortable with him as a starter moving into last season, and certainly did not keep the coaches confident in his abilities to protect Aaron Rodgers' blind side.

This, Newhouse was relegated to a reserve role in 2013 after the line was flipped to give Bryan Bulaga the opportunity to start on the left side. Obviously, Bulaga's torn ACL threw a wrench into that plan, but instead of giving Newhouse a realistic shot at the job, Mike McCarthy and company elected to roll with rookie David Bakhtiari on the left side and kept Newhouse in competition with second-year pro Don Barclay on the right, a competition which Barclay ultimately won in training camp.

Newhouse became the primary backup tackle for the Packers in 2013, and started a pair of games in relief of Barclay when he sat with an injury. He also briefly played at right guard in one game when Evan Dietrich-Smith's injury forced T.J. Lang inside.

Here's a look at Newhouse's career and contract.

Marshall Newhouse

2013 Stats
15 games played, two starts (right tackle)
3 sacks allowed (according to Pro Football Focus)

2013 Contract
Final year of four-year, $2.78 million contract
2013 compensation: $1.323 million base salary (escalated due to playing time totals in first three years)

Career Stats
47 games played, 31 starts (28 at left tackle, 3 at right tackle)
19 sacks allowed

How Acquired
2010 NFL Draft: fifth-round pick (#159 overall)

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