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Scott Wells Is Enjoying His First Pro Bowl Appearance

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GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Scott Wells #63 of the Green Bay Packers lines up against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers beat the Rams 24-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Scott Wells #63 of the Green Bay Packers lines up against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers beat the Rams 24-3. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers news | Wells relishes Pro Bowl, won't fret about NFL future | Green Bay Press Gazette. Green Bay Packers C Scott Wells has been one of my favorite unsung players on the team for several years.

2005 was Ted Thompson's first year as GM, and he tried to re-tool the offensive line in one offseason by letting Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle leave in free agency, and replacing them with bargain free agents Adrian Klemm and Matt O'Dwyer. Klemm was a disaster (soon to be benched, then released) and O'Dwyer would never play again due to injuries. Wells eventually became the starter at left guard before he moved over to center (his college position) in 2006 after the free agent departure of C Mike Flanagan.

Though it rarely happens, when he has been held out of the lineup (primarily due to a back injury in 2008, but also an ill-advised benching in 2009), the offensive line has seemed to struggle with assignments and cohesion in the middle. He's overcome the back problems that bothered him in 2008 and 2009, and played the best football of his career over the past two seasons.

While I've always thought highly of him, I never expected he'd receive enough attention to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. I'm pleasantly surprised to be wrong. I'd be really surprised if he's allowed to leave as a free agent this offseason.