With Letroy Guion's criminal case now closed, the defensive tackle appears ready to resume his NFL career, pending any action by the NFL. The Green Bay Packers, his team in 2014, have supported him throughout the legal process and head coach Mike McCarthy has repeatedly stated that he hoped to have Guion back in Green Bay for the 2015 season.
He will get his wish, reports ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
#Packers and Letroy Guion have reached an agreement on a 1-year deal, per a source. Expected to be signed by tomorrow.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 30, 2015
The deal will likely be similar in value and structure to the contract that Guion signed a year ago in Green Bay after being released by the Minnesota Vikings. Last year, he made $1 million, with a signing bonus of $100,000.
Guion started all 18 games for the Packers in 2014 (including playoffs) at nose tackle after B.J. Raji tore his biceps muscle, contributing 3.5 sacks on the season. Despite meeting with the Seahawks late last week, it seems Guion felt that Green Bay was indeed the best place for him.
UPDATE: We don't have hard numbers yet, but the first report of contract value that we have comes from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein. He reports that the contract will be worth more than $1.3 million in total:
It seems possible that Guion's camp used his meeting with the Seahawks last week as leverage to get a bigger deal. However, it also seems likely that the Packers were willing to increase the total value of the contract through per-game active roster bonuses so that they would be protected against injury or suspension.
UPDATE: This is a bit of a shock. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Guion's deal is worth significantly more than that $1.3 million that Silverstein reported:
Letroy Guion's one-year deal with the #Packers is worth $2.75 M, per league source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 30, 2015
That's a heck of a jump from the previous offer. One has to wonder how much Guion's visit with the Seahawks really affected negotiations over the past few days.