When the Green Bay Packers signed free agent defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, it seemed to be a perfect marriage of a player with experience and knowledge of the team’s scheme with a team needing another veteran presence to help out. The fact that Letroy Guion was suspended for the first four games of the year underscored the need for another veteran lineman to help tutor the young players in the group.
Then, about a week and a half ago, Guion got pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol, which put his 2017 season — and really, the remainder of his NFL career — in question. This morning, we are learning more details about that arrest, including an embarrassing question he asked of the arresting officer.
With RJF on board, Guion’s presence even after he comes back from suspension is in question. The team could even get out from under his contract with virtually no dead money - just $333k compared to a salary cap savings of almost ten times that amount.
As we head into a weekend that will likely be a long one due to the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday, here’s hoping that everyone out there — players, coaches, fans, all of us — have a fun, safe, incident-free few days.
Letroy Guion of Green Bay Packers stumbled, had slurred speech during stop, police say | ESPN.com
About an hour after his arrest, Guion blew a 0.086% BAC. But the real kicker here is that he asked the officer to let him go and have another person drive him home because it was his birthday.
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A player who is a de facto replacement for Guion, Jean-Francois was thrilled when the Packers called about his services, noting that it’s uncommon for them to look outside the organization. Also notable is the fact that his decision came down to Seattle or Green Bay — which appears to be a common thread this offseason — and picked the Packers because of Aaron Rodgers.
Also, RJF has a great rationale for picking a donut franchise as his off-the-field investment: “Donuts, ain’t nobody passing up!”
There is never a good time to play Packers QB Aaron Rodgers | Packers Wire
Speaking of Rodgers, it’s probably results like this that have people excited about playing with him. His splits are ridiculous no matter what, but as far as team success goes, the Packers have their best results with him under center in October and December.
The most bizarre two-week stretch in Packers history | Packers.com
In late November and early December of 1953, the Packers tried to fire head coach Gene Ronzani. The disgruntled coach first refused to leave, then took "considerable property belonging to the organization" with him, including playbooks and scouting reports.
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In the past, the Packers have gone clay shooting and bowling or played dodgeball for team-building exercises, plus they have an annual charity softball game.