The Green Bay Packers want to keep Don Barclay around for a fifth year. According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the team has informed the veteran offensive tackle of its intention to re-sign him for the upcoming offseason workouts.
Financial terms have yet to surface, though given the timing Barclay likely received little-to-no guaranteed money. Accordingly, he may require a strong training camp and preseason in order to make the Packers' 53-man roster.
Barclay, a former undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, has served as one of the Packers' top reserve offensive linemen since entering the league in 2012. As a rookie, he started four regular season games at right tackle before starting 14 more the following year. Barclay missed the entire 2014 season while recovering from an ACL tear suffered during training camp, but managed to return for the full 16-game slate last year.
However, Barclay's performance dipped significantly after knee reconstruction. He led all Green Bay offensive tackles in sacks allowed in 2015 despite starting just five games. He also struggled as a run blocker, once a strength of his game. Still, some of Barclay's issues can be traced to the recency of his ACL tear. Now further removed from the injury, he may show more of the form he displayed during his first two years in the league.