Many Green Bay packers' fans were surprised to hear that the team had cut starting guard Josh Sitton on Saturday. However, the move may have been even more surprising to Sitton himself.
The All-Pro guard was released by the team on Saturday and was in the the final season of a five-year, $33.75 million contract. The Packers attempted to trade Sitton at the last minute before finalizing their 53-man roster for the upcoming season, to no avail.
"I was prepared to play the season," Sitton told PackersNews.com. "I have no hard feelings whatsoever. They're comfortable with who they have. They weren't planning on going forward with me.
"That's business. I'm sad to leave. I'm excited about new opportunities."
Packers have three offensive linemen that will be free agents including T.J. Lang, J.C Tretter and David Bahktiari. The move was likely motivated by money, as Sitton had a $6.85-million cap hit in 2016.
Sitton has been with the Packers since 2008 and has also been selected to the Pro Bowl three times. He has been a staple of the Packers' offensive line over the last seven seasons, and this move is likely to be very unpopular among the Packers' faithful.
From an on-field standpoint, it's tough to see the benefit in taking away one of Aaron Rodgers' best protectors just before the season starts.
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