It's not a big name, but the Green Bay Packers are apparently continuing to add new pieces to their defensive line. Last Friday, we learned that former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion was in Green Bay for a visit. Apparently, that visit was positive, as Guion is going to be a Packer:
Letroy Guion agrees to terms with the Packers, according to his agent, Thomas Kleine. Ravens had interest, but no major offer— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 17, 2014
Unlike Julius Peppers, Guion is not a player who brings much of value as a pass-rusher. Instead, he projects to a similar role that C.J. Wilson had in Green Bay over the past few years: he can substitute in and out of the base defense and eat up some blockers, hopefully allowing the Packers' linebackers to roam free.
In 2013, Guion played and started 13 games for the Vikings at defensive tackle. He recorded one sack, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery, as well as 21 total tackles. Guion's contract will likely be a bargain, as the six-year veteran's production does not warrant a big-money deal. Not surprisingly, it looks like Guion's contract will be a one-year deal, allowing him to hit free agency once again in 2015.
Like Peppers, Guion was released by his old team. Therefore, he will not affect the Packers' possible compensatory picks in 2015.
With the addition of Guion, the Packers have seven players under contract who project to play meaningful snaps on the defensive line: Josh Boyd, Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Mike Neal, Julius Peppers, B.J. Raji, and Jerel Worthy. The odds of Ryan Pickett or Johnny Jolly returning to Green Bay for the 2014 season appear to be dwindling quickly.