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Former Packers guard Josh Sitton to meet with Bears, per report

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The long-time Packers guard could join a division rival.

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The Green Bay Packers made arguably the most surprising move of cutdown day, releasing Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton as part of their effort to trim down to 53 players. Less than 24 hours after the team's startling decision, Sitton has already made plans to meet with the division-rival Chicago Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Protecting quarterback Jay Cutler has long proved difficult for the Bears, who has absorbed 234 sacks since arriving in Chicago in 2009. Adding Sitton would immediately transform the unit, pairing him with Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long. The move would also allow rookie Cody Whitehair to kick over to center where the two stalwarts at guard could protect him. Sitton's presence would also aid left tackle Charles Leno much in the same way David Bakhtiari benefited earlier in his career from the veteran guard.

The Packers' decision to release Sitton already garnered heavy scrutiny from fans and the media, but the team could come under even more fire if the veteran offensive lineman signs within the NFC North. That ultimately doesn't affect the wisdom or lack thereof behind the decision -- how the Packers offense operates moving forward should make that determination -- but it does change the perception of the move. Sitton signing with the Bears isn't the second coming of Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, but it probably ranks alongside Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell and others joining the division rival after long careers in Green Bay.

Soon, the once unimaginable for Packers fans could become reality: Josh Sitton in a Bears uniform.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.