The Green Bay Packers made what was probably the most shocking cut of the weekend when they chose to release eight-year veteran Josh Sitton on Saturday. The guard, who was entering the final year of his contract, is now in Chicago on a new three-year contract with the Bears and expects to suit up for week one's game in Houston.
However, the team has been incredibly vague about the details that led to the decision, and Ted Thompson's lack of media availability provides no opportunity for anyone to ask him directly about it. Instead, Mike McCarthy fielded questions on Monday about the situation, and reiterated that there were multiple contributing factors.
But if you think the front office gave their players an explanation but not the fans, think again. In today's curds, we find out that the guys in the locker room know about as much as anyone else regarding the decision. Check out that and more here as we begin preparations for week one's game in Jacksonville.
Several layers to why Green Bay Packers cut Josh Sitton - ESPN
Remember when Sitton criticized Mike McCarthy and his game plan after the team's regular-season debacle in Arizona last year? Perhaps that was the beginning of the end for the veteran in Green Bay.
Josh Sitton not seeking revenge with Bears | Packersnews.com
For fans thinking that Sitton was trying to stick it to the Packers, you can take a deep breath. Sitton listed the fact that Chicago is close to his home in Green Bay, his familiarity with the NFC North in general, and the fact that it's "too damn hot in the south" as some of the main reasons he has ended up in Chicago.
T.J. Lang would like to know why Green Bay Packers cut Josh Sitton - ESPN
Meanwhile, Sitton's former teammates know about as much as you or I do about why the decision was made. Lang - Sitton's closest friend on the team - sounded pretty dejected about the situation but acknowledges that he has to move on.
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Goode joked that he and his family were making some tentative vacation plans "if nobody called in the next couple weeks." Now, just 8-plus months removed from having his ACL reconstructed, he's back like nothing ever happened (except the release of his former punter/holder).
Malik Jackson: Jaguars are going to surprise people - NFL.com
Don't expect the Packers to overlook Jacksonville just because a date in Minnesota is on the docket for week two.
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